Saturday May 12, 2012

Drivers heading into Pittsfield from South County will face a double-barreled traffic challenge beginning Tuesday as an especially active construction season swings into high gear.

Reconstruction of a portion of East Street near Eastover Resort in Lenox -- a heavily used, alternate route for commuters -- will require a detour along that route for at least two weeks. Drivers are being urged to use Routes 7 and 20 instead, according to Jeffrey Vincent, superintendent of the Lenox Department of Public Works.

Beginning on Tuesday, weather permitting, repaving will begin on East Street between East Dugway Road and Pinecrest Road. The project is expected to continue for at least two or three weeks.

Although homes in the affected areas will be accessible to residents, with delays possible, through traffic should be avoided, the DPW an nouncement stated.

Route 7 and 20 is recommended as an alternate route.

But, because of a massive South Street rebuild from Berkshire Life to Broad Street, motorists are encountering frequent backups and delays in Pittsfield, depending on construction schedules on any given day.

To avoid the obstacle course, Holmes Road as an "eastern bypass" and Dan Fox Drive plus Barker Road as a "western bypass" are the routes of choice for many savvy drivers seeking to minimize travel slowdowns.

Expressing regret over potential inconvenience, the DPW encouraged Lenox residents with questions to call (413) 637-5525.

To contact Clarence Fanto:
cfanto@berkshireeagle.com
or (413) 496-6247.
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