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2 Projects to Celebrate in Springfield

2 Projects to Celebrate in Springfield

A recent visit to Springfield revealed significant progress on two major pedestrian safety projects in two different Springfield neighborhoods.

Completed in September 2020, the Six Corners Roundabout was years in the making. WalkBoston learned about it back in 2013 when conducting a walk audit at the Elias Brookings Elementary School and the Maple High – Six Corners neighborhood. The project provides protected pedestrian crossings where there once were none. It slows traffic down and provides a connected sidewalk network for residents and kids walking to school.

Begun in August 2020, the North End Pedestrian Underpass Project will provide a safe connection for people walking in the Brightwood neighborhood. No longer will residents have to walk along highway ramps or cut across railroad tracks to get from Plainfield Street to Birnie Avenue. WalkBoston conducted two walk audits in the Brightwood neighborhood, including at the German Gerena Community School, that identified this connection as a pedestrian safety hazard.

So great to watch these big projects get built!

Brightwood Neighborhood Walk Assessment

Brightwood Neighborhood Walk Assessment

A safe walking environment is a critical need for the Brightwood community, as 34 percent of neighborhood residents lack access to cars (compared to 18 percent of residents for the City of Spring eld as a whole). As a result, they are heavily dependent on walking or sporadic PVTA bus service to access food stores and other goods and services on nearby West and Main Streets. However, pedestrian connections to local bus stops and destinations outside the neighborhood are severely lacking and unsafe, and walking conditions within Brightwood are often poor as well.

Read the full report here:
WalkBoston-BrightwoodNeighborhoodWalkAssessment-Springfield