Columbia Greenway Rail Trail
This multi-use rail trail is a phased project that connects the south end to the Southwick Rail Trail and extends north, currently to Main Street in downtown Westfield. The current phase connecting the trail to Women’s Temperance Park, just north of the Westfield River, is currently under construction. Anticipated completion is late 2021.
Cowles Bridge Replacement
This project replaces Cowles Bridge carrying Southwick Road (Routes 10/202) over the Little River. It includes a realignment and widening of Southwick Road to provide turning lanes at City View Road and Mill Street. The City View Road traffic signal will be replaced, and a new traffic signal will be added at the intersection of Mill Street. Construction is anticipated to begin in late 2020.
Western Avenue Improvements
This project consists of roadway improvements along Western Avenue, westerly from the intersection of Llewellyn Drive and extending easterly for approximately 2.4 miles to the intersection of Court, High, and Mill Streets. It also includes improvements on Lloyds Hill Road and West Silver Street between Western Avenue and Mill Street. The first phase, currently under construction, includes Western Avenue from Llewellyn Drive to approximately Fairview Avenue and is anticipated to be complete in Fall 2020. Phase 2 continues from the end of Phase 1 near Fairview Avenue and extends to the Court, High, and Mill Street intersections. It will also include the improvements to Lloyds Hill Road and West Silver Street. Phase 2 is currently in the design stage with construction estimated to start in 2021.
Westfield River Levee Multi-Use Trail
This project includes a 2 mile-long multi-use trail on the Westfield River Levee from Ellsworth Street on the west end to the Williams Riding Way Flood Control Pump Station on the east end. The trail provides an east-west off road connector for the neighborhoods along the levee to downtown destinations, including the Columbia Greenway Rail Trail. It also provides active recreation along the Westfield River, including connections to Chapman Playground, Whitney Field, the Westfield River Esplanade, and other multiple parks adjacent to the Great River bridges. A date for construction has not yet been established.
Springfield Road Traffic Signal
This project includes a new traffic signal on Springfield Road (Route 20) near the entrance to 99 Springfield Road, roughly halfway between the existing traffic signals at Union Street and Walmart. It includes widening Springfield Road to accommodate a dedicated westbound left turn lane into the shopping plazas on the south side of the road. The new signal will be coordinated with the existing adjacent traffic signals to improve traffic flow through the corridor. Completion is anticipated in the second half of 2020.
Union Street Traffic Signal
This project includes a coordinated traffic signal system at the intersection of Union Street with Springdale Road and with Paper Mill Road. Due to the close proximity of the two intersections, the traffic signals will be coordinated to function as one intersection. The project is expected to provide safety improvements at the intersections as well as reductions in traffic backups on Springdale Road. Completion is anticipated in the second half of 2020.
Columbia Greenway Crossing at Shaker Road
The primary intent of this project is to provide enhanced safety measures to users of the Columbia Greenway Rail Trail crossing at the intersection of Shaker Road. This project will also include a connector to Country Club Drive to accommodate a desire for recreation via walking, jogging, biking, and cross-country skiing on City-owned property.
Old Town Roads Improvements
For the past decade, the City has selected streets in the downtown to be part of the Old Town Roadway effort. The streets selected typically have poor pavement conditions which triggers the City to look at the infrastructure and see if they need to be upgraded beyond pavement. Key elements to be upgraded typically include, but not limited to, pavement, sidewalks, curbing, drainage, sanitary sewer, and water mains. All of these infrastructure elements are analyzed and then replaced or refurbished as needed.
Sanitary Sewer Master Plan
The Sanitary Sewer Program was arrived at in conjunction with the Environmental Impact Report for the expansion of the Water Pollution Control Facility. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) required identification of those areas to receive sanitary sewer extensions for which treatment capacity was being designed. An extenstion program, known as the Strategic Plan, was then developed and has since been only partially completed. The Strategic Plan has been modified through the years based upon input from the City’s departments of Health, Public Works, and Engineering. The design and construction of sewer extension projects rely heavily on the revenue of fees generated by existing sewer users, and therefore, are subject to availability of funds sufficient enough to fund new projects.