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TOP STORIES AROUND THE COUNTY
MassDOT Cuts Ribbon On Pittsfield's Safe Routes To School Project
"These are my favorite project - safe routes to school - because I know that it is making an improvement right here in the neighborhood." — Patricia Leavenworth

Williamstown Selectmen Look at Making Five Corners Safer
"I would like to see all of the signs to be oversized. It's getting the motorist's attention." — Chief Kyle Johnson

Route 2 Drainage Project Won't Change Flooding at Spruces
"It was in response to concerns of people who live on that side of the road about flooding coming down Luce Road." — Timothy Kaiser

Washington Mountain Road Dedicated To Iraq, Afghanistan Veterans
"This sign will be a constant memory for me and all of the people who travel here about the sacrifices they made." — Rep. Smitty Pignatelli

MassDOT to Purchase Berkshire Line for Passenger Rail
"Studies have shown that a Berkshire County rail connection to New York City would be a winner." — Richard A. Davey

Cheshire Revamping Website With More Information
"We have grown the website from an infant to a baby and hopefully from there we can go to a toddler and so forth." — Chairwoman Carol Franesconi

State Working 24/7 to Reopen Route 116 in Cheshire
"We probably had the worst street flooding during this storm in the center of town in 15 years." — Peter LeFebvre

Patrick Breaks Ground on Tyringham Road Project
"This is the gateway to the Berkshires, right here. This project is very, very special." — Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli, D-Lenox.

MassDOT Stabilizing Route 8 Section in Clarksburg
"It was just a major hazard." — James Moulton

Pittsfield Redesigning Intersections Near BMC
"The overall idea is to improve traffic." — Bruce Collingwood

MassDOT Sets Public Session on Transportation Plans
The state has recently released two transportation planning documents for public review.

Adams Library & Rail Trail Projects Moving Ahead
"We hope to begin to finalize a scope for this project so that it can be prepared for bid." — Jonathan Butler

Williamstown, MassDOT Talk Flooding & Road Work
"We're talking about 30 minutes [of rain] and knee-deep water. We're talking about our safety." — Chanda Shin

10 Most Dangerous Intersections In Pittsfield
Pittsfield has the most dangerous intersections in the county, according to the state Department of Transportation.

Sinking Route 8 in Clarksburg Under Repair
River Road in that area has been shifting for nearly a year.

Pittsfield Turns 2 Roads One-Way Despite Protest
"It may cause some inconvenience but it is safer." — Churchill Cotton

Alcombright: North Adams On Track With Scenic Rail
"That accusation is totally unfounded and absolutely ridiculous." — Richard Alcombright

MassDOT Sets Hearings on Return of MassPike Tolls
Tolls will return to the western end of the Massachusetts Turnpike on Oct. 15.

Governor Rides Envisioned Passenger Rail Route to Pittsfield
"I think the potential economic impact is considerable. I think the opportunity of job creation and quality of life is considerable." — Gov. Deval Patrick

RMV Modernization Plan Would Close North Adams Branch
"A three-hour roundtrip to Pittsfield is unimaginable and unreasonable." — Mayor Richard Alcombright

Scenic Rail Project Delays Adams Bike Trail Extension
"If we have to wait until 2014 for both of these to be open, we're still happy that we are getting both of these accomplished." — Jonathan Butler

Adams Roundabout Gets Endorsement at Public Hearing
"It's going to be your roundabout so we're going to make it the way you like it." — Tom Currier

Williamstown Selectmen Press State on Emergency Ramp
"For the love of God, just change the alignment." — Selectman Tom Costley

MassPike Blasting Begins in Becket on Thursday
The first blast, a test blast, will occur on I-90 in Becket at 1 p.m. on Thursday and close the Turnpike in both directions for approximately 15 minutes.

Berkshire Scenic Bringing Train Rides To Adams, North Adams
"It is really going to be a tremendous boost to our economy." — Gailanne Cariddi.

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