By Associated Press - Tuesday, April 26, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Springfield City Council has approved the conversion of a strip of city park land for use in the proposed $3 million Central Street corridor improvement project.

The Springfield Republican reports ( ) the state Legislature and Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker will need to sign off on Monday’s unanimous vote before it becomes official.

The council’s vote was needed first before the city could advance its roadway improvement plans in the Maple High-Six Corners area.

City officials say the six-foot slice of land from Ruth Elizabeth Park will assist in widening a section of Hickory Street from one-lane traffic to two lanes with sidewalks.

Public Works Director Christopher Cignoli says the land taken from the park will be replaced and a new entrance and parking area will be built.


Information from: The Springfield (Mass.) Republican,

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