Pittsfield's New Road Bridge to Reopen Friday

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The reconstructed New Road Bridge will reopen to traffic Friday, May 7.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation announced Thursday that the newly reconstructed New Road Bridge located over the West Branch of the Housatonic River will be reopened to traffic in the late afternoon on Friday, May 7. 
The bridge was closed on Feb. 26, 2020, to allow crews to replace the existing bridge and upgrade existing utilities.
The cost of the bridge rehabilitation project is $1,734,102. The contractor for the project is JH Maxymillian.
The temporary span was installed in the 1990s over a failed culvert.
The new 67-foot single-span precast, prestressed concrete NEXT, or Northeast Extreme Tee, beam superstructure will be supported by a cast-in-place reinforced concrete abutments. The new bridge will also be wider with a 28-foot roadway width providing two 10-foot-wide traffic lanes and two 4-foot-wide shoulders that will also accommodate pedestrians. 
Roadway work included the construction of full-depth asphalt pavement for approximately 134 feet of the westbound and 130 feet of the eastbound approach to the bridge. There are no sidewalks on the bridge or approach roadways.

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BRTA Service Changes Start July 1

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — After rider feedback, the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority has made some service changes.
The service changes are scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2021. 
To view a copy of the effective service changes, go to www.berkshirerta.com, click Announcements to see the service changes.
Summary of Service Changes
  • Transfers:  Amend transfer policy to allow for more travel flexibility.
  • Route 1:   Weekday evening schedule adjustments.
  • Route 2:  Travel pattern change around Pittsfield ITC.
  • Route 3:  Bus stop location change at Big Y North Adams.
  • Route 4:  Weekday morning schedule adjustment.
  • Route 5:  Travel pattern change between ITC and Hancock Road.
  • Route 11N:  Discontinue pilot evening service.
  • Route 12:  Change Federico Drive to a Demand Service location.
  • Route 14:  Begin pilot weekday evening service.
  • Route 15:  Weekday and Saturday schedule adjustments.
  • Route 21X:  Travel pattern change around Pittsfield ITC.
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