Massachusetts Department of Transportation

Route 147

Agawam/West Springfield, MA

The Route 147 Bridge provides a gateway to the Town of West Springfield from Agawam. Benesch is working with MassDOT to redesign the roadway and heavily travelled bridge. The project also includes the reconstruction of three intersections at Routes 147/75/159, Route 147/Walnut Street/Walnut Street Extension and Route 147/River Street. Three traffic signals will be replaced at the referenced intersections. Additional turning lanes will be incorporated into the design at all intersections to increase vehicular capacity.

Benesch is adopting a “Complete Streets” approach for the project, which includes the design of a new 330-foot multi-span bridge. Roadway reconstruction will include 2500 feet of Route 147; 825 feet of Route 159 and 400 feet of Route 75. Services include field survey and base plan preparation (performed by Green Int’l), a Functional Design Report, Highway Design, Preliminary ROW, Environmental Permitting and Bridge Design. Services also include utility relocation, coordination with MassDOT, and a public participation process.

The project area directly abuts the Eastern States Exposition—Home of The Big E—a regional fair which draws over one million visitors annually. The Route 159 portion of the project provides access to Six Flags New England.

Project highlights

  • Coordination with MassDOT to incorporate Complete Streets Policies
  • Traffic management plans to accommodate future traffic demands
  • Public participation process to assess community needs
  • Interconnection of three traffic signals
  • Coordinating public & private utility relocations
  • Drainage & stormwater management
  • Environmental assessment & permitting