About the Project
The project area is located just west of the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Bridge spanning the Connecticut River and includes the intersection of Bridge Street and Damon Road/I-91 northbound off-ramp and the intersection of Bridge Street (Route 9) and the I-91 southbound on-ramp. The project also includes the Exit 19 acceleration and deceleration lanes on the I-91 mainline.
Project Purpose and Goals
The purpose of the project is to:
- improve traffic operations at I-91 Interchange 19 by addressing capacity deficiencies at intersections on Route 9 and Damon Road
- improve access to and from I-91 at the existing interchange
- reduce crash levels within the immediate vicinity of the interchange
- adequately prepare for currently projected growth and related transportation needs within the effective design life of the facility
Roadway - The intersection of the NB Off-ramp and Damon Road will be reconstructed as a two-lane roundabout with a bypass lane for vehicles accessing Route 9 westbound from Damon Road. All approaches to the roundabout will be two lanes as well. The roundabout will include a truck apron along its inscribed diameter and a landscaped central island.
The deceleration length on the northbound off-ramp and the acceleration lane from southbound on-ramp will also be increased by widening the ramps.
Pedestrian/Bicycles - A shared use path will be provided around the entire roundabout with the exception of on Route 9 where it passes under the I-91 bridges. At this location, a 5.5 sidewalk will be provided on both sides of Route 9.
Background - Project Study
The project evolved from the "Connecticut River Crossing Transportation Study," in which the transportation needs of a regional study area from Holyoke to Sunderland were determined, including the potential need for an additional bridge over the Connecticut River. One of the long-term recommendations from that study was to improve the traffic operations at the I-91 Interchange 19. A subsequent study was undertaken to refine the concept at the specific project location.
A 25 percent design public hearing will be held in the fall of 2015.
If you have any questions or need further information, please contact:
Dan Fielding, Legislative Liaison