By MyFM's Rick Michaels - The Interchange that serves as a major crossroads for commuter traffic and is used by nearly half of all freight truck traffic entering Eastern Massachusetts is in line for a major makeover and beginning next week, will be the first of four informational meetings to be held in Hopkinton. The purpose of the Mass Pike/Route 495 interchange improvement project is to improve safety, the flow of traffic and creating a new design to accommodate future traffic growth in the area. This interchange is a high crash location during the most recent four year study, a report showed there were 460 crashes many occurring when traffic is backed up onto Route 495 in Hopkinton and Westboro, towns where there were public meetings held in late 2017 gathering initial ideas for a new layout for the interchange. The new series of public meetings will give residents of nearby cities and towns, the chance to get acquainted with the preferred design for this estimated $300 million improvement project. The first public meeting will be held a week from today, July 25th at Hopkinton High School then the following week, the meetings will be held in Hudson, Shrewsbury and finally in Holliston Thursday August 1st, all meetings will be held from 6:30-8:30 each night.