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Williams College Redoing Varsity Tennis Courts

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The varsity tennis courts at Williams College are undergoing a large-scale renovation project.
 
The plan of the Torrence M. Hunt courts is to remove all of the components of the six original competition courts to make them more sufficient to play on and maintain. 
 
"I'm most excited about breaking in the new courts for our first home-match of the season this spring," head women's coach Anik Cepeda said.
 
The unsuitable material beneath the old courts created annual maintenance strategies that attempted to fix the cracking and poor drainage of the six courts. The new courts will be post tension concrete, which will allow for the courts to be better able to withstand weather conditions and maintain a better surface.
 
"Less work for our amazing facilities crew will be a huge bonus, as will getting an edge in recruiting," head men's coach Dan Greenberg said. "I think we have one of the nicest backdrops in the country, so these renovations will make it one of the best facilities out there."   
 
Also included in the project will be new fencing around the courts, new tennis nets, the addition of a scoreboard, new seating, electrical and drainage upgrades, and a PA system. 
 
"It will be a much better venue for spectators," Athletic Director Lisa Melendy said. "In particular, the addition of a scoreboard will allow spectators to follow the match progress rather than just drop by and not know what is going on." 
 
The project is expected to be completed by early October.
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Williamstown Conservation Commission OKs Patch Work on Route 43

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation this month will do some repair work on Route 43, but a full rebuild of Water Street south of Latham Street is still several years away.
 
MassDOT design engineer Amer Raza was in front of the town's Conservation Commission last month to get its blessing on a $120,000 "mill and fill" project that will address deficiencies in a 1.7-mile stretch of the road from about the Taconic Golf Club south and west to Mount Hope Park.
 
"This is just a patch resurfacing for Route 43," Raza said. "We will be milling 2 inches and overlaying 2 inches. This will hold the road for a couple of years until we have that full reconstruction project."
 
The larger project will see 2.3 miles of the road rebuilt from Hopper Road to Latham Street under a plan that has been under development the last couple of years.
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