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MPO Short On Ready Projects to Spend $2.5 Million

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.

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Lanesborough Considering Reconstruction Options for Summer Street

The Selectmen are trying to figure out the best way to reconstruct Summer Street. The road spans from Route 7 over to Old State Road, right near the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail and Route 8. Heading east from Route 7 travels up a steep hill through a tight residential neighborhood with a sidewalk leading up to the Elementary School. But after the elementary school, after the Partridge Road intersection, the road breaks into a winding, narrow, and rural road until Berkshire Village.

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Clarksburg Looking to Adopt 'Complete Streets' Policy

Clarksburg is seeking to adopt a "Complete Streets" policy that would guide its future road construction and open up state grant funding. The state Department of Transportation has been pursuing the concept of Complete Streets, which envision ways to accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists along with motor vehicles. The guidelines encompass sidewalks, crossings, bike lanes, signage, striping and intersections.

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State Pushing Complete Street Program; Eyes Changes to MPO System

"We see this program having a lot of benefit to smaller communities as well as the cities." — Clete Kus

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MassDOT's Hearing Procedures Anger Berkshire Residents

"We keep funneling all of the transportation money to the T and we are tired of it." — Tricia Farley-Bouvier

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Adams Roundabout Project On Track

"Things are moving nicely ... but as with any construction project it's impossible to predict everything." — Tony Mazzucco

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Sand Mill Road Bridge Repairs More Expensive Than Anticipated

"They do not see this detour as the end of the world ... ." — Mark Webber

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Pittsfield Asking State Approval To Hike Jaywalking Fine

"The fine is a buck so it is not even worth trying to identify these people." — Police Chief Michael Wynn

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MassDOT: $60M to Maintain & Fix Western Mass Bridges

"Currently, there is $10 million that has been spent or will be spent on bridges." — Peter Frieri

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Cheshire Selectmen Wondering About Dollar General

"They would know better if they just wanted to get it done. Seems like they are playing a game and testing us." — Robert Ciskowski

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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