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City of Springfield and AIC Announce Plans for Traffic Safety Improvements on Wilbraham Road

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, Ward 4 City Councilor Malo Brown, Department of Public Works (DPW) Director Chris Cignoli, Deputy Chief William Cochrane, and Lt. Mel Kwatowski joined with American International College (AIC) President Vincent Maniaci and AIC Board Chairman Frank Colaccino for a traffic safety improvement announcement. Traffic safety improvements will be implemented along Wilbraham Road to slow vehicle traffic and improve pedestrian safety for our Mason Square residents and AIC students and staff at the crosswalk on Wilbraham Road. This will be done in memory of Ms. Lani Kretschmar, a beloved AIC employee who was fatally injured in this crosswalk.

Mayor Sarno states, “I want to thank Councilor Malo Brown and his leadership and quick call to action in response to this unfortunate incident.  I also want to thank AIC President Vince Maniaci and his team for working with my administration to quickly get a traffic safety study done.  Thanks to DPW Director Chris Cignoli and his team, especially city engineer Andrew Krar and Emmanuel Russell (who lives right in the neighborhood too), the City of Springfield will move quickly to review and implement traffic and pedestrian safety measures at this location.  In addition, under the leadership of Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood, our brave and dedicated men and women in blue will increase traffic enforcement and will provide educational outreach that will hopefully reduce the incidents of distracted drivers and pedestrians who are not paying attention to their surrounding environment.  Work and outreach will commence in the very near future.”

Improvements will include the installation of a HAWK Crosswalk system, the narrowing of the roadway and can also include a raised crosswalk.  Total cost for the project will be approximately $500,000.  


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