SPRINGFIELD- SIGNAL & INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENTS @ ROOSEVELT AVENUE & ISLAND POND ROAD, ROOSEVELT AVENUE & ALDEN STREET
Roosevelt Avenue serves as a major commuter route that provides a connection from a primarily residential portion of Springfield to other major commuter routes and retail districts within the City. Roosevelt Avenue also serves as the only crossing of Watershops Pond, which extends approximately 2.5 miles from east to west, via the three-lane General Edward's Bridge. The Island Pond Road and Alden Street intersections, located on opposite sides of Watershops Pond, both experience high traffic volumes and congestion during peak conditions. The pedestrian facilities in this area are inadequate with poor connectivity and no protected crossings. The improvement plan realigns Island Pond Road with Roosevelt Avenue to create a three-way signalized intersection consolidating all vehicle conflicts at one intersection. The plan also provides signal timing adjustments and new signal equipment at the Alden Street/Roosevelt Avenue intersection. Additional lanes have been considered at this intersection including a southbound right-turn lane on Roosevelt Avenue and an eastbound left-turn lane on Alden Street.