Workers remove pavement in preparation for repaving in a small section of the lot.
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Repaving work in the Spring Street parking lot was isolated to a small section at the east end of the lot and is expected to be wrapped up by the end of the day on Wednesday.
The college's senior project manager Wednesday morning characterized the project as "punch list work" on a multiphase rebuild of the parking lot that was completed last year.
"It's just one section of pavement that, when we paved last fall, did not come out well due to cold temperatures," Jason Moran said.
Early Wednesday morning, personnel from Pittsfield's J.H. Maxymillian Inc. were on the site stripping pavement from about 10 parking spots. In addition to the heavy equipment needed for the job, about one full row of the lot — one quarter of the spots — was tied up with the project.
However, the "auxiliary" parking bay to the south of the main lot was open to the public. The smaller lot, about half as big as the main lot, is designated for use by the recently opened Williams Inn during periods of high demand.
When the inn needs the extra parking, the south lot will be accessible only by key card. But since the inn opened earlier this month, there has been no reason to keep the gates to the smaller lot closed, Moran said. And Wednesday's work was scheduled for a time when the college knew the inn's spaces would be open to the public.
Williams College owns the entire parking lot and keeps the majority of it open the public 365 days a year.
By Thursday, Moran said, the lot should be back to normal with no visible sign of Wednesday's pavement work.
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