Highway Superintendent Blair Crane told the Selectmen on Tuesday that he was notified that the bridge is on the Berkshire Metropolitan Planning Organization's Transportation Improvement Program sheet for 2022.
Town Administrator Carl McKinney told the Select Board on Wednesday that he had completed about a 40-page application and personally delivered the application to the District 1 offices of the state Department of Transportation in Lenox and to the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission in Pittsfield.
This fall the MPO wants to take a much more serious look at how public transportation serves its customers.
The Berkshire Metropolitan Planning Organization is in charge of prioritizing federal transportation dollars allotted to the county. That includes funding the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority. The issues with the BRTA haven't changed in years - a lack of funding leads to limited hours, infrequent service, and limited geographic coverage.
If funds become available to get shovels in the ground on the Williamstown Mohawk Trail Bicycle project, the MPO says it will try to move construction up. Otherwise, the project won't be funded until 2019.
The project to re-do the intersections around Berkshire Medical Center has been pushed back yet again, as the design has not progressed enough.
The $7.1 million project for the Berkshire Medical Center area has been ranked as a top priority by Berkshire Regional Planning Commission but the design is too far behind to go to bid in 2018. The project has been 11 years in the making, after a 2006 circulation study identified it as a focus for improving traffic in downtown Pittsfield.
The MPO isn't quite sure how to use up $2.5 million for road projects.
The money was planned to be used for a renovation of the intersections near Berkshire Medical Center. However, the state Department of Transportation and city officials say there is no change the design will be ready in time for 2017. That delays the project to at least 2018 and leaves $2.5 million left to be programmed.
Plans for the reconstruction of the BMC area intersections will not be ready in time.
Peter Frieri, of the state Department of Transportation District 1, said the design hasn't progressed enough to go to bid for 2017 and it is questionable if it will be ready for 2018. The project was planned to start in 2017 and span into 2018 at a cost of some $6 million, though that cost appears to have grown to $7.3 million.
The BMC project is planned to align Charles Street with Springside Avenue as w