Some 150 households in the Narragansett Avenue neighborhood depend on one single bridge to get in and out. It's their only access.
And as they commute over it, often they're slowing down and veering lanes to avoid the anglers who plopped down a chair in the lane. The narrow road didn't have much for parking, and that is where many with kayaks and canoes would park to get into Pontoosuc Lake. Anyone who was walking or bicycling had to share what was left of the roadway.
The concrete bridge was closed in 2012 after it was found to be structurally deficient. The 1936 span shows significant corrosion, spalling of the concrete, and severe deterioration of its steel girders, which caused the bridge to be load-restricted. A temporary, one-lane steel bridge was installed over the older bridge, with stop signs on each end.
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.
The state intends to replace the Sand Mill Road Bridge.
Highway Superintendent Blair Crane told the Selectmen on Tuesday that the state Department of Transportation has slated it to be done in fiscal 2022.
The span over the Hudson Brook was sectioned off Thursday to only allow traffic on the southern side. The state Department of Transportation informed town officials last month that the detiorating structure was no longer safe enough to carry loads on the north side.
Users of the Briggsville Water District will see a significant rate increase beginning in November.
Select Board, acting as the water commissioners, voted on Wednesday to raise the annual rate of $200 per household to $300, effective Nov. 1. Users on the line will be billed $75 quarterly.
Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito toured the downtown Thursday afternoon before announcing grant funding for two Southwestern Massachusetts bridges.
Polito had spent the morning signing a Community Compact agreement with Lanesborough and Windsor. She later joined Mayor Linda Tyer for a brief private meeting at city hall. She left the offices and proceeded to the Onota Building with the mayor, City Council President Peter Marchetti 1Berkshire CEO Jonathan Butler, Downtown Pittsfield Inc. President Jesse C