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Construction to take place soon at busy Springfield intersection

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A busy intersection in Springfield is getting a makeover.

Six corners has caused traffic headaches for years, but thanks to grant funding the city is constructing a roundabout to ease the flow.

The tricky traffic hub of the city is known to be difficult and residents said its prone to accidents.

"There is a lot of traffic that gets jammed up. It can cause a lot of accidents getting through to here," said Springfield resident Ty Campbell. 

The Springfield City Council gave the 'all clear' to begin executing plans to install a roundabout at six corners.
"We have to secure the property because we are doing some land takings," said Springfield DPW Director Chris Cignoli. 

Western Mass News got a look at the plans to bring together Hancock, Ashely, Walnut, and Alden Street.

The messy intersection will be streamlined into one roundabout, and now some residents said they remain cautiously optimistic.

"I have mixed feelings honestly, because most people don’t know how to navigate a roundabout with two entrances, much less six," said Springfield resident Matthias Smith. 
City leaders said this is a solution to the clogs in a high-traffic area.
"I’m really excited because we haven’t done anything like this in the city before. This location is really perfect for it with all the roads coming in together," Cignoli noted.
The traffic pattern change could also mean a boost for business.
"People are going to look at this and say, 'oh it’s easy to go through this area'. When you’re talking about bigger or small stores they want to see the traffic that’s going around there," Cignoli added.

While there may be some disruption to traffic during construction, the Department of Public Works does not anticipate any major inconvenience.
"With the land takings, it’s going to allow us to build it from the outside while the inside is still working," Cignoli continued. 
Crews will be breaking ground sooner than you might expect as construction is set to take place in the late summer or early fall.

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