Ferry Street Improvements

Easthampton, MA

An intersection design and roadway improvements on Ferry Street as part of the City of Easthampton retainer using the MassWorks funding grant. The team prepared construction plans and contract documents for bidding. The primary goal of the project was to improve a roadway section of Ferry Street, and intersection improvements of Lovefield Street/Pleasant Street with the construction of a mini roundabout. The project area includes pedestrian, bicycle, and parking improvements through the use of a shared-use path, pedestrian crossings and new parking areas. The design improved the connection to the existing City Rail Trail and created an extension through the project area. The drainage system was upgraded, lighting added, utilities were improved, and landscape and streetscape enhancements beautified the area. Watermain improvements were included within the project area to accommodate the private redevelopment at One Ferry Street and the city’s aging infrastructure. 

A local Stormwater Management Permit was obtained for additional structures and piping to the existing stormwater systems; an Order of Conditions due to work within wetland resource area and buffer of the adjacent pond; and a Dam Safety Permit due to part of Ferry Street was also part of Lower Mill Pond Dam. Working together with the City and the Office of Dam Safety to satisfy their individual requirements, the following modifications were implemented; minimized penetrations within roadway/dam, detailed specifications for backfill material used within a roadway for trenches, and additional construction sequencing plans and specifications for embankment stabilization.