The city announced Tuesday that the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, or MassDOT, approved and funded the City of Pittsfield's grant application for the Shared Streets and Spaces Program in the amount of $238,826.
Town Manager Jason Hoch told the Select Board on Monday that the Massachusetts Department of Transportation once again has broken the Williamstown leg of the trail off from the North Adams project, reversing a course the state agency announced this spring.
Construction of the Williamstown-North Adams bike trail has been pushed back one year, again.
The Metropolitan Planning Organization agreed to push the project back to the fiscal year 2020. The trail construction had been scheduled for fiscal year 17, was pushed to 18, and then to 10 already.
Many of the arguments at the state Department of Transportation public hearing were repeats from past hearings during which abutters on Chenaille Terrace had asserted the bike path on city land would be detrimental to their neighborhood.