Multi-Year Major Construction Projects Will Bring Parking Problems

May 11, 2014

Downtown Springfield, Massachusetts is expected to face a parking crunch as a result of major construction projects happening at the same time.

The upper deck of a parking garage beneath I-91 in Springfield, MA. Hundreds of parking spaces will be lost when MassDOT replaces the highway decks in a three-year project
The upper deck of a parking garage beneath I-91 in Springfield, MA. Hundreds of parking spaces will be lost when MassDOT replaces the highway decks in a three-year project
Credit WAMC

Hundreds of parking spaces in two Springfield Parking Authority garages  that sit beneath Interstate 91 will be lost while MassDOT replaces the highway decks.  The project is  scheduled to begin later this year and last for three years.  At the same, the planned construction of a resort casino downtown will eliminate hundreds of spaces in private lots, according to  Springfield’s chief development officer Kevin Kennedy.

"A parking crunch  downtown ,while it is a serious management issue and a serious inconvenience for people, it is also an indication we have a lot of activity downtown. So, that is a positive."

Kennedy said the city is looking to acquire some downtown property to provide more parking.