Northampton: I-91 Interchange 19 Design Work Begins
MassDOT is beginning roadway design work on one of the alternatives under review as part of the Northampton I-91 Interchange 19 Study.
Alternative 13A includes a roundabout at the I-91 northbound Damon Road-Route 9 intersection exit ramp along with I-91 southbound entrance intersection improvements, including ramp widening, signal modifications, and an additional left turn lane on Route 9 to I-91 southbound.
The additional left turn lane on Route 9 will extend under the I-91 overpass bridge. The sidewalk on the north side of the roadway will be relocated behind the piers.
The study begun in 2009 seeks to improve mobility in the I-91 Exit 19 area. The entire project includes traffic analysis, roadway design, environmental analysis, and significant community input. To date, there have been more than 11 meetings with a Project Advisory Committee and two public meetings. The Committee of neighborhood, City, and regional representatives has been instrumental in guiding the project and offering input on the alternatives that were being considered, encouraging additional design work to address bicycle and pedestrians. A majority of Committee members have voiced support for Alternative 13A.
The project preliminary 25% Design is expected to be completed by the end of 2014, with completion of the 100% Design Plan by the end of 2016 and construction completion by 2019, depending on funding availability. MassDOT will continue to work with the Committee through the project design phase, including holding several additional meetings.
Additional information on the I-91 Interchange 19 project is available on the project website at www.mass.gov/massdot/interchange19.