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Six Corners

Intersection Design
History

Design History & Project Briefing
Six Corners Design History
• Design has been a
seven-year process,
current concept came
from the neighborhood
working with local
students

• Entire process began
before the June, 2011
tornado

• Concept work
incorporated several Student work session with residents (2010-11) at Mason
neighborhood and public Wright Retirement Community
meetings

• Project recently fully
funded through State
Design History: 2010-2011
• Began with a 2010 Fall
Studio neighborhood
planning project between
UMASS Design Center
students and the Six
Corners neighborhood
council and residents

• Six Corners intersection
became a focus due to
unusual configuration
and significant accident
history (one of the top
crash sites in the region,
45th)

• Students worked with
residents to determine Early sketch from neighborhood meetings
ideas to improve safety,
look, and connectivity of
intersection and area
UMASS Final Report (2011)

Image from Six Corners report of UMASS Design Center (2011)
Design History: 2011-2012
• Post-tornado, the city and
its affected neighborhoods
mobilized and began the
largest planning process in
the city’s history – over
3,000 residents
participating

• The plan examined
improvements throughout
the path of tornado, and
divided the city into three
“districts” – Six Corners
being “District 2”

• Meetings were held with
residents both by district
and citywide Rebuild Springfield Master Plan (Feb. 2012)

• District 2 report agreed
with UMASS/neighborhood
Rebuild Springfield Plan
(2012)

**District 2 report referred to intersections in district as “confusing,
inefficient, and unsafe”
Rebuild Springfield Plan
(2012)

**Plan says roundabout plan “has the potential to redefine the character of
the intersection”
Design History: 2013-2015
• Rebuild Plan
recommended as an
action step to bring
roundabout plan into full
design

• City was awarded HUD
CDBG – Disaster Recovery
Funding in 2013

• That funding has been
utilized for a host of
projects – including the
recommended additional
design work of the
roundabout plan

• The design was then
submitted for MassWorks
construction funding in
Design Status

• Project fully funded with
MassWorks grant

• Design nearing completion

• Construction scheduled to
begin later this year

• Construction completion:
2018

• Currently seeking public
feedback on landscaping /
center island design
elements.
Current Design
Similar Roundabout
Safety Aspects
 Lower Approach Speeds (<30MPH)
 Splitter and Center Island

 Keeps Pedestrians Safer

 Reduces Crash Severity

 More Time to Judge & React

 Reduction of Turning Movements
 Elimination of Left-Turning

Maneuver Conflicts
 Entering and Exiting Maneuver =

Right Turn
 Reduction in Pollution
 Reduction in Conflict Points
 Money Saved
 $5K/Year Electricity Savings
 No Signal Equipment to Install,
Repair or Maintain
Pedestrian/Vehicle/Bicycle Safety - Reduction In
Conflict Points
 16 Vehicle/Pedestrian Conflict Points  4 Vehicle/Pedestrian Conflict Points
 16 Vehicle/Vehicle Conflict Points  4 Vehicle/Vehicle Conflict Points
Navigating A Roundabout Is Easy!
Roundabout Vs. Rotary
Rotary

 Very Large In
Diameter (Typically
100-200’)
 Speeds Are 40 MPH
Or Higher
 Little To No
Deflection At
Entrances/Exits
Roundabout Vs. Rotary
Roundabout

 Much Smaller In
Diameter
 Speeds Are 25 MPH

 Vehicles Approach

Roundabout At
Smaller Angle
 ~90 Degrees
 DeflectionsFrom
Raised Splitter
Islands
Roundabout Vs. Rotary
Center of Circle?
• Could become iconic
landmark for
neighborhood

• View corridor on approach
Musician Taj Mahal – Raised in Old Hill
from Springfield College,
Watershops, Walnut Street

• Could be a piece of
sculpture, statue of
important person to
neighborhood, veterans
memorial, landscaping
element, etc.

• Neighborhood Primus P. Mason
subcommittee to develop
Basketball – Springfield
ideas? College history
Center of Circle – Other
examples
Next Steps
Spring, 2017: Finalize Design
Feb-Apr, 2017: ROW Due Diligence activities
Summer, 2017: Project bidding
Fall, 2017 – Summer, 2018: Construction