Commissioner of Public Services and Utilities David Turocy has put a halt on a $6.2 million project to improve the areas around Berkshire Medical Center.
Turocy said on Tuesday that the design ultimately provided only minor improvements and did not improve transit time. The commissioner would rather delay the project for now in hopes to come up with a better design.
The county's rate of serious traffic accidents in the Berkshires is declining faster than the state average.
Berkshire Regional Planning Commission Senior Transportation Planner Eammon Coughlin reported Tuesday projections that show a continual decline in the number of vehicle fatalities and serious injuries. Based on five-year rolling averages calculated each year, there has been a 17.27 percent decline in fatalities and a 15.57 percent decline in serious injuries since 2011.
The Board of Selectmen on Monday approved a project to clear up town-owned hiking trails and cleared the way for restoration of two-way traffic on a downtown street.
The street in question is Walden Street, which runs to the west of Spring Street. The town has discussed a change from the current one-way traffic pattern for months as part of a broader traffic change that may eventually include extending the road through to South Street.