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Work Starts On $3 Million Central Street Project In Tornado Impact Area

artists' rendering of Central Street in Springfield
City of Springfield

Construction work has started in Springfield, Massachusetts for one of the last disaster recovery projects stemming from the June 2011 tornado.

Work has started to realign Central Street – a major corridor through the Six Corners and Old Hill Neighborhoods. 

Its one of the final projects being paid for out of the $23 million in federal disaster funds the city received, according to Mayor Domenic Sarno.

"We were able to build a master plan, the largest in the city's history with over 3,000 participants in that master plan that enhanced and strengthened all of the city of Springfield," said Sarno.

New single-family and duplex houses have been built along Central Street in the last 8 years. There is a new $28 million elementary school in the neighborhood and a 45-unit apartment building is in the works.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.