Sen. Lesser Welcomes Grant to Springfield for Bicycle Lane, School Safety Improvements

SPRINGFIELD — Senator Eric P. Lesser welcomed news from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation that Springfield will be receiving $207,161 in grant aid to complete the installation of bicycle lanes and make pedestrian safety improvements on the walking routes to two elementary schools.

“These projects will contribute to making the City of Homes a more walkable and bike-friendly city, particularly for our young students walking to school and our older students biking to Springfield College or Western New England University. This is a productive partnership between Springfield and the state, and I look forward to seeing this neighborhood vision come to fruition,” said Sen. Lesser.

The funds will be used on six projects in the City’s infrastructure plan, including the installation of bicycle lanes for both directions along Roosevelt Ave. to make biking to Springfield College, local high schools and Mass Mutual safer. Another project will fill a gap in the current bicycle lane along South Branch Parkway; another will install a bicycle lane and signage for both directions on Wilbraham Road adjacent to Western New England University campus. 

In addition, safety improvements will be made at the intersection of Fisher/Haskin St. to improve access to Hiram L. Dorman Elementary School, and at three intersections along the walking route to the Lincoln Elementary School, Calhoun Park and Baystate Medical Center. 

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Eric Lesser