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City officials look for ways to improve the "X" in Springfield

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Springfield officials met with residents Tuesday night to find a way to make the "X" safer.

"As the town center, you have a duel responsibility to being a walkable pedestrian center as well as a major road way for traffic going East," said Shawn Reriragh from Springfield.

It's a project that many say is long overdue.

"Sometimes when a pedestrian hits the walk light, it's an additional cycle to try and get through. So, it can take a lot of time as a motorist. But if you don't hit the button, it's really taking your life in your hands because there are so many cars in so many directions," said Elizabeth Reriragh.

Chris Cignoli from The Springfield DPW says their biggest goals will be focused towards:

  • Safety
  • Traffic Improvements
  • Economic Development
  • Streetscape
  • Parking

"Over the years, there's been a huge growth in pedestrian population that utilizes the X all over the place as well as a growth in vehicles that are going out to the Eastern end of the city, 16 acres, Forest Park, East Longmeadow and Hampden," said Cignoli. 

He says the area is in need of an upgrade.

"The big problem is that there's limited crossings for pedestrians, there's a huge bus stop area, and a school," said Cignoli.

Some say the new improvements will be good news for local mom and pop shops in the area. 

"I think it's a great opportunity for the businesses in the area to really try and get more pedestrian activity because I think that's what's going to drive businesses, having more people on the St.." said Elizabeth Reriragh.

The hope is to have a set plan by the end of the year and to begin the design process in the spring.

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