1. MassDOT says $23M bridge replacement project near Big E will require lane closures, land...

    MassDOT says $23M bridge replacement project near Big E will require lane closures, land...

    A project to replace the Morgan-Sullivan Bridge connecting Agawam to West Springfield near The Big E won't begin until 2018, according to Massachusetts Department of Transportation officials, who have yet to establish a detailed timetable for the $23 million project. "We anticipate three construction seasons for the project," Alwin Ramirez, bridge project manager for MassDOT's Highway Division, said at a Sept. 8 public hearing on the project, 80 percent of which will be funded by the federal government. The state is responsible for 20 percent of the cost.

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    1. It's too early for us to tell what the dates are going to be exactly right now.
    2. The plans have not yet been finalized.
    3. When half of that is done, take half of the Morgan-Sullivan down.
    4. We're concerned about the impact of the traffic flow from Agawam down Memorial Avenue eastbound to our facility.
    5. It will be one lane in each direction, so there will be significant capacity reduction on the bridge.
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