SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) – Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno and other city officials are set to announce new parking and traffic plans for events taking place downtown . The announcement comes less than two weeks after the Springfield Thunderbirds’ home opener.

Right now, the old Civic Center garage, located next to the MassMutual Center, is being demolished. This means that until a new garage was built, the second best option for many has been to use the MGM Springfield car park just down the road.

On October 14, many cars inside this garage were stuck for more than an hour after the Thunderbirds’ first game.

Western Mass News spoke with Springfield City Council Public Safety Chairman Victor Davila, who expressed concern about the backups.

“Things like this can’t happen. This particular area, there is Columbus and Main Street, as well as I-91 north and south in this case. It is a very busy area. This is an area that emergency vehicles and police cruisers use all the time,” Davila noted.

According to Sarno, until the new state-of-the-art parking lot was built, he coordinated with the Springfield Parking Authority, the Springfield Police Department and Springfield DPW to improve traffic details at major downtown intersections. -city with the aim of relieving traffic jams at the start and end of matches.

Western Mass News will continue to follow this story and will have more information as it becomes available.