I-391 Infraspace Project

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Infra-Space program, which officially launched in July of 2014,  invites public-private redevelopment of under-utilized areas surrounding transportation infrastructure, such as elevated roads, bridges, and viaducts. Inspired by the ongoing redevelopment of the I-93 South East Expressway underpass in Boston with combined parking and public space, MassDOT has expanded the program to include additional properties in 7 cities across Massachusetts.

These cities will work with MassDOT to evaluate innovative proposals to use their proposed sites as neighborhood gateways, hubs for multi-modal travel, arts/events/recreation space, and other new forms of urban infrastructure.

The City of Holyoke nominated the area under I-391 on Main Street between the Springdale and South Holyoke neighborhoods in order to create a more attractive gateway to downtown, a more pedestrian friendly connection between the neighborhoods, and a space residents could use for cultural and recreational activity.  The City is currently seeking funding to further the project…. stay tuned.

 

UPDATES:

Holyoke receives $50K NEA Our Town Award for creative placemaking project under I-391

 

PROJECT DOCUMENTS:

Opportunity Space Infraspace Project Website

MassDOT Site Nomination Form_AUG 2014

MassDOT_Infraspace_Project Proposal_ OCT 2014

MassDOT Draft Concept Plan – Holyoke_MAY 2015

UMASS_Draft Concepts_MAY 2015