O’Brien’s Corner Improvement Project, Agawam
Town of Agawam
The project is focusing on safety improvements for pedestrians and cyclists navigating the intersection, while maintaining vehicle operations. The proposed project will tighten the radii of Maple Street intersecting with Springfield Street to provide traffic calming. Project elements will include: a 6-foot sidewalk and 8-foot, bi-directional, separated bicycle lane; sidewalks to create defined entrance and exit routes from the parking lot east of Rowley Street, reducing pedestrian and bicycle conflict with vehicles; curb extensions; high-visibility pedestrian crosswalk and bicycle crossings; and shared lane markings, referred to as “Sharrows.”
A slight alignment shift in Springfield Street to the west of O’Brien’s Corner will provide a traffic calming effect as drivers approach the intersection. The existing traffic signals will be upgraded to include new pedestrian posts, countdown indication, and APS/vibro-tactile pedestrian pushbuttons. The signals will also be evaluated for installation of pre-emption for use by emergency services. Finally, there are three bus stops along PVTA Route 14 located within the project limits that will be improved and made ADA complaint.
This project is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.