The “X” Intersection

The intersections of Sumner Avenue, Dickinson Street, and Belmont Avenue form the “X” intersection in Springfield, MA. This intersection was prone to accidents, had outdated traffic control equipment, and could not keep up with increased traffic demand. The City of Springfield contracted Fuss & O’Neill to implement the concept of the intersection redesign and to help advance it through the MassDOT project development procedure.

Our team has provided project development engineering, environmental documentation and permitting, as well as the completion of a Functional Design Report, a Design Exception Report, a road safety audit, 25% design submission, preliminary right-of-way plans, and participation in public hearings. Proposed improvements include:

  • Widening parts of Sumner Avenue to five lanes, adding bike lanes, diverting traffic from Belmont Avenue, adding turn lane, and installing four traffic signals.
  • Left turn lanes on lower Sumner Avenue and mini-roundabouts.
  • Catenary lighting that will create a ceiling-like space as well as up-lighting in select trees for safety.
  • Addition of bicycle lanes on Sumner Avenue.
  • Design of two pedestrian plazas to enhance the pedestrian experience, increase safety, to promote a sense of community, and to provide green infrastructure elements.

We are providing solutions for improving traffic flow, bicycle and pedestrian safety, and accessibility to Forest Park, schools, and businesses in an increasingly auto-centric corridor that includes both retail and residential use