Westfield State plans to resume its traditional, on-campus schedule for fall 2020. Given the ongoing uncertainties related to COVID-19, we believe it is also prudent to develop contingency plans. Updates will be communicated as they become available.

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Western Avenue Construction

Western Ave. Construction Update: March 6, 2020

Please be advised that Western Avenue construction work will be performed Monday, March 9 through Friday, March 13, at the entrance to the Commuter Lot—which will cause traffic congestion while entering and exiting the lot—and near the entrance to Ely Road.

Western Avenue will narrow to one-lane traffic in both areas. Expect traffic delays and please plan accordingly.

Your continued patience is appreciated during this ongoing project.

Week of Nov. 25, 2019

Tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 26, construction on Western Ave. in front of the University’s main entrance will narrow that campus entrance and slow entering traffic as well as traffic on Western Ave. If possible, use the Scanlon or Ely Road entrances to campus.

Western Ave. Construction Update: Weeks of Nov. 4 & 11

An infiltration installation, requiring ground excavation in the lawn area between the Public Safety building and the Commuter Parking Lot, will begin on Friday, Nov. 8. As a result, traffic flow will be impacted and stop and go traffic can be expected.

Also, paving is scheduled to begin on Western Avenue as early as Monday, Nov. 11. If possible, entering and exiting campus using Bates Road to Rt. 20 is still recommended.

Weeks of Oct. 28, Nov. 4 & Nov. 11, 2019

The City of Westfield and the contracting crews are appreciative the Westfield State community’s cooperation and patience during the ongoing construction along Western Ave. Below is an update and plans for the coming weeks:

Yesterday, October 28: Work began on removing existing pavement up to the Fire Department building (just west of the Horace Mann Center entry), which concludes the milling process for the fall.

Wed., Oct. 30: Some utility poles may be removed and/or installed by the city along Western Ave.

Fri., Nov. 1 (weather permitting): The City of Westfield Department of Public Works plans to apply a shim coat of asphalt on Western Ave. from the Dower Center west to Bates Road.

Mon., Nov. 4 & Tue. Nov. 5: The unpaved section of Western Ave. will start to be filled, leveled and rolled with gravel.

Fri., Nov. 8 & possibly Sat., Nov. 9 (weather permitting): A new asphalt base will be applied to Western Ave. for winter travel.

Following the completion of the above activity, but not yet scheduled, are the installation of drainage structures in several locations in front of Westfield State University, including the Commuter Parking Lot entrance.

Update for Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019

Westfield Gas and Electric will be working on light poles on Western Avenue near the entry to the University’s South Lot parking, (Laura Drive area), and a construction crew will be working on the drainage system in front of the Woodward Center, by Stanley Park. Both activities are slated to begin tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 19. The work near the Woodward Center will result in one lane traffic, but both entries to Woodward Center will remain open.

Please plan your commute to and from campus accordingly.

Weeks of Sept. 16, 23 & 30:

Please be advised that the Western Ave construction project has entered a phase that focuses on the installation of several storm water drainage structures – with required relocation of some interfering utilities.

This phase of construction is being conducted to directly rectify the “ponding” on the street that typically occurs following rainfall. As a result, we should expect alternating, one way traffic through these installation sites for some extended time. Please plan your commutes to and from campus accordingly. Your patience and flexibility is appreciated as the work progresses.

The current location schedule to perform this work for the next three weeks is:

Week of Sept. 16: In front of the eastern end of Stanley Park
Week of Sept. 23: In front of the central portion of Stanley Park
Week of Sept. 30: In front of the western end of Stanley Park, across from the Woodward Center

For those coming to the campus from the Westfield area (or points east), it may be advantageous to travel down Route 20 west (behind the campus), and circle back to the school by taking a left on to Bates Road to Western Ave.

Please also be aware that construction by the road contractor is not scheduled for Fridays during this period unless they are making up a rain day earlier in the week. However, there may be Comcast, Verizon or other city crews working in the area on Fridays. No work is planned for Saturdays and Sundays.

Week of June 23:

Due to gas line work, Lloyds Hill Road will likely be closed on Tuesday, June 25, 2019. Please plan accordingly.

Week of May 20:

On Thursday, May 23, water line work will take place on Western Avenue. Due to this work, the Scanlon Road entrance to the University will be closed. Faculty, staff, students, and visitors should plan on using the Parenzo Road entrance or others to access the campus on Thursday.

Week of April 28:

Please mark your calendars. Westfield State University will be hosting an informational meeting for the campus community on April 29 at 3:30 p.m. in the Owl’s Nest on the ground level of the Ely Campus Center. Project representatives from the City of Westfield and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, among others, will be present to present information about the project and to answer any questions members of the campus community may have regarding the project.

Week of April 14:

Construction will begin with the removal of marked trees along the sides of the road. The removals are estimated to take two weeks.

As part of the removal process, test pits will be dug to determine if the roots of trees in questionable locations along the construction zone will impact utility work. A series of other pits (maybe as many as 100) will be dug to confirm and correct drawings for locations of underground utilities. Some of the pits may be in the actual street. The duration of the pit digging is expected to last from one to two weeks.

A police detail will be on hand to manage traffic. 


Long-term Western Ave. construction to impact traffic to and from campus

This spring, a major, two-year construction project is slated for Western Ave., the road used to access and exit Westfield State University. The University has been informed that the City of Westfield will begin work in April. This project will likely have a significant impact on vehicular and pedestrian traffic involving University students, faculty, staff, and guests.

The extensive project will result in much-needed improvements and upgrades. During the first year of construction (2019) much of the work will revolve around utilities and drainage improvements; while the work in the second year (2020) will focus on improved, wider sidewalks and a new roadway.

Westfield State’s Facilities and Operations department attends regular construction meetings that convene every other week for this project. Facilities and Operations Staff Associate Andrew Montanaro serves as the University’s liaison with that group and attends all meetings.

While the University is able to participate in ongoing meetings, the project is being managed by the City of Westfield and the Department of Transportation.

Westfield State realizes that this project will inconvenience the full campus community. Collective patience will be necessary as the project begins and lasts over the two-year period. According to Montanaro, a website is currently being developed that will serve as the centralized location for information and updates on this project.

Updates and notices will also be shared regularly via University email and through social media. When construction begins, electronic signs near the construction site will also provide daily updates on impacts to vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Look for more information on this project to be included in NewsWise, including a link to the project’s dedicated website.