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
Contractors plan to work on the Sand Mill Road Bridge through the winter.
Town Administrator Mark Webber told the Selectmen on Tuesday that he issued a notice to proceed to SW Construction Enterprises, which was awarded the project late last year, and it is preparing to start the project.
The Selectmen still have no clear direction on how to proceed with increasing the board from three to five members.
Town Administrator Mark Webber told the Selectmen on Tuesday that he held a conference call with special legal counsel to discuss adding two more members. Although Town Counsel Edmund St. John III was supposed to be involved in the conversation, he was unable to attend the meeting.
The Board of Selectmen squared away paperwork needed to go out to bid for the Sand Mill Road Bridge repair project and work is likely to start in the spring.
The board signed paperwork Tuesday that will be sent to the state Department of Transportation's Chapter 90 division to approve spending and the reimbursement for the project, estimated to cost between $150,000 and $250,000.
The Selectmen agreed to push out the Sand Mill Road Bridge repair project bid date a few weeks to make sure they follow the procedure correctly.
The board agreed Tuesday to push out the Sand Mill Road Bridge repair project instead of going out to bid December 15 because they wanted the Conservation Commission to approve the project fir
The Redwood Motel developers are laying the groundwork for a pedestrian bridge over the Hoosic River and hiking trails on the river's north side.
The 210-foot bridge, 300 feet total from side to side, will span the river from behind the 200-year-old farmhouse on State Road at a slight angle to the north side to connect to the proposed trails and park area. The bridge is designed by Daniel Proper of Proper & O'Leary Engineering.
The town plans to put the Sand Mill Road Bridge repair project out to bid after the Conservation Commission's final review on Nov. 4.
Town Administrator Mark Webber said last week that the plans are almost bid ready and the board must decide if it wants to put out the project out to bid this fall or in the spring.
The Selectmen on Tuesday rejected a letter request to stop plowing and maintaining private roads.
But Chairman Paul Astorino said the plowing and minor maintenance will continue unless town meeting votes against it.
As of now, the Cheshire Reservoir is clear of the troublesome tape weed that has been causing issues this summer.
"For the time being, we are done with the weeds, as far as I know," Department of Public Works Director Peter LeFebvre told the Selectmen on Tuesday. "It came out looking really decent this time around."