Morgan-Sullivan Bridge Replacement Project - Traffic and Construction Updates

Traffic advisories and construction information

Daytime Suffield Street Northbound Detour in Agawam, April 6 - 8

MassDOT will detour northbound vehicles on Suffield Street in Agawam on Monday, April 6, through Wednesday, April 8, from 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM each day. The detour is required to complete curb installation, utility work, and road widening.

A police detail will help direct traffic around the construction zone. No detour is required for southbound vehicles on Suffield Street. See the Detours page for detour routes and maps.

Lane Reduction and Alternating Traffic on River Street in West Springfield, April 6 - 10

MassDOT's contractor will also reduce River Street (between Roanoke Avenue and Memorial Avenue) in West Springfield to a single lane with alternating traffic on Monday, April 6, through Friday, April 10, from 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM each day.

Police details will help direct traffic around the construction zone. The lane closures are required for water main installation.

Demolition of West Side of Bridge continues for Stage 1

MassDOT's contractor began demolishing the west side of the existing Morgan-Sullivan Bridge in June 2019. The demolition will occur during daytime hours and additional trucks will be used near the construction zone to remove debris. Read more about Bridge Work Stage 1 in the January 2019 Fact Sheet.

Long-Term Lane Closures for Bridge Work Stage 1

MassDOT's contractor, Northern Construction, reduced Route 147 over the Morgan-Sullivan Bridge to one lane of travel in each direction in, January 2019. During Bridge Work Stage 1, all vehicular traffic is shifted to the east side of the bridge while crews demolish and replace the west side. Bridge and road work during winter months will be intermittent, depending on weather conditions. Throughout this stage, there will be ongoing road work on local streets near the bridge.

During Bridge Work Stage 2, scheduled to begin in Fall 2020, traffic will be shifted to the newly constructed west side of the bridge while the east side is demolished and replaced. The bridge will also be open to one lane of travel in each direction during this stage. A left turn lane at each end of the bridge will also be open, which will help improve traffic flow.

MassDOT is scheduled to reopen the Morgan-Sullivan Bridge to its final configuration in Spring of 2022. The new bridge will be widened to include four travel lanes plus a left turn lane for vehicles. The project also includes “Complete Streets” improvements that provide safe and accessible options for all travel modes, including vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists.

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Construction Schedule

Start Date Milestone
October 2018 Preliminary Work
November 2018 to January 2019 Road Work, Stage 1
January 2019 to Fall 2020 Bridge Work, Stage 1; Road Work, Stage 2A – 2D
Fall 2020 Complete West Side of Bridge, Open to Traffic
Fall 2020 to Spring 2022 Bridge Work, Stage 2; Road Work, Stage 3A – 4
Spring 2022 Complete East Side of Bridge, Open Full Bridge to Traffic
Spring 2022 Full Beneficial Use
Summer 2022 Project Completion