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Williamstown Water Street Project on Track for 2018

The long-anticipated reconstruction of Water Street is expected to get under way in spring 2018. Officials from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and engineering firm Greenman-Pedersen came to Town Hall this month for a public hearing on the project, which is 100 percent designed and ready to go to bid in August 2017.

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E-ZPass Website Overloaded With Applications Ahead of All-electronic Tolling

The Department of Transportation is overloaded with applications for EZ Pass transponders. The all-electronic tolling goes into effect on Friday. On Wednesday, the state's website had become so overloaded with requests that it crashed. MassDOT is now setting up in-person locations to get people signed up.

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North Adams Elementary Pupils Set for Walk to School

The city's elementary school pupils are being encouraged to walk to school on Wednesday for International Walk to School Day. Routes have been laid out for the three schools and parents are encouraged to join the "Walking School Bus" that will feature school and city officials, teachers, local "celebrities," and police officers.

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Concerns Raised With MassPike Tolling Plan

For 17 years residents in the Berkshires could take the turnpike for six exits before having to pay anything. For many, there was little bother to get an E-Z Pass transponder and rather, just pay for five or six bucks for the rare trip to Boston.

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Adams To Adopt Complete Streets Program

The Selectmen plan to adopt the state's Complete Streets program and focus possible funds on the southern Route 8 corridor. Director of Community Development Donna Cesan encouraged the board on Wednesday during a workshop meeting to adopt the state Department of Transportationís program that awards qualifying communities funds to improve streets, sidewalks and intersections to better transportation for all travel modes.

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North Adams Gas Station Approved by Conservation Commission

Plans to redevelop the corner of Canal and North Eagle streets passed its first hurdle on Monday night. The Conservation Commission accepted the Notice of Intent submitted by Thomas Frawley of Summit Distributing LLC, based in Lebanon, N.H., for a new convenience store and gas pumps at 140 Eagle St.

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Plunkett Students Ask Governor To Finish The Train Track

The children at C.T. Plunkett School are adding their voices to calls to complete the Berkshire Scenic Railway line: "we are all aboard here at the Adams Station, please build the tracks to downtown." Earlier this month, Plunkett students took on a schoolwide effort to write more than 50 letters or draw pictures to Gov. Charlie Baker asking him to finish the last mile of the rail line to Hoosac Street.

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MassDOT's Adams Rail Line Project Falling Short of Station

There is a newly renovated train station but no train. In 2014, taxpayers in town reluctantly put up funds to purchase and renovate a former Hoosac Street car wash into the Adams Station, an end point to the Berkshire Scenic Railway's Hoosac Valley Service. The project was first announced in 2013 and plans were laid to construct the Pan Am lines from Burke Construction to North Adams. The final 6/10th of a mile was expected to be constructed with the expansion of the Ashuwiliticook Rail Trai

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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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