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Completed Projects in Westfield
The City of Westfield is constantly improving to become a safer, more efficient, and more aesthetically pleasing community.
he Great River Bridge- 2012
The Great River Bridge project was a multi-faceted effort encompassing bridge, park, traffic, utility, pedestrian, and street scape improvements. The goal was to provide more than just a long term resolution of traffic congestion but also to spur an urban renewal effort. A joint partnership between local, state, and federal funding provided the opportunity to construct this important link through the heart of downtown Westfield. Some of the major improvements included new and improved bridges, new rotaries on both ends of the bridge to assist traffic in both directions, walk ways, fountains, plants, trees and bushes, all while preserving the surrounding areas and keeping the city in mind. The image to the left shows a sketch depicting all the details of the Great River Bridge Project. The video below demonstrates a 3-D model of the Great River Bridge project and everything that was done.
Park Square- 2012
This project was an effort to revitalize the main arteries and central green space of the downtown area. Improvements include complete reconstruction and reorganization of the roadways and traffic system at the intersections of Main, Broad, Elm, and Court Streets. Sidewalks were improved, street trees were planted, and infrastructure was upgraded. The central piece of these improvements is the new Park Square Green. This modern space is set up for accessibility, convenience, and aesthetics, and includes a stage for performances, a multilevel fountain, and a broad green space ideal for arts festivals, concerts, or a picnic in the park. Upcoming improvements will include state-of-the-art, energy efficient LED lighting and a multi-season pavilion. Construction and installation of the pavilion to be undertaken by the Westfield Vocational-Technical High School.
Columbia Greenway (Southern Portion)
The Columbia Greenway Rail Trail is Westfield’s Rail Trail. The Rail Trail is a multi-modal linear park, which follows along a portion of the route of the former New York / New Haven / Hartford Rail Road (and one-time Northampton, Massachusetts to New Haven, Connecticut canal). Stretching from Southwick, Massachusetts to the south, to the Great (Westfield) River Bridge to the north, the Columbia Greenway Rail Trail traverses downtown Westfield on a mostly elevated line for a total of 3.2 miles. The first section from Southwick to just south of Tin Bridge was completed as of Fall 2012.
The Rail Trail incorporates bridge crossings of all streets in the downtown, with one surface street crossing at Shaker Road. The Trail will tie into the Southwick trail to the south and then become the Farmington Valley Greenway, extending to New Haven, Connecticut. At a future date, the Columbia Greenway Rail Trail will extend northward from the Westfield River, eventually connecting to communities in Southampton, Easthampton (the Manhan Rail Trail) and Northampton (the Norwottuck Rail Trail).
City of Westfield, MA
59 Court Street
Westfield, MA 01085
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