CLARKBSURG -- Drivers may notice an unusual sight at the hairpin turn on the Mohawk Trail over the next several weeks: A traffic light.

Repairs to the westerly slope of Route 2 on the North Adams line have required placement of a temporary signal alternating one-way traffic while the state carries out the work.

"This area on the hairpin turn has been showing signs of distress much like many other steep slopes along Route 2," said Michael Verseckes, state Department of Transportation spokesperson, in a recent email.

It's one of three slope stabilization projects that MassDOT's Highway Division will be completing on state-maintained roads this spring in Northern Berkshire, he said. Done through a districtwide road repair contract, the total cost is approximately $850,000.

Work at the hairpin turn should take about four weeks, Verseckes said.

"The repair area is about half the roadway for 200 feet," he said. "We are installing a fabric reinforced earth system about 10 feet deep. ... The slope will be armored with rock."

In addition, similar work on a section of Route 8 (River Road) in Clarksburg is ongoing, he said.

The road saw heavy damage from floodwaters during a heavy rain storm in May 2010 and Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011. Since then, the section of road has had patches and repairs.

That section of road, near Hayden Road and the Red Mill Spring, is scheduled to be paved beginning Tuesday and to be completed by May 2, he said.

The Florida work is on Route 2 at mile marker 22.5, about one-half mile west of "Dead Man's Curve," Verseckes said. Construction is scheduled to begin the week of May 5 and to be completed by the end of June. There will also be a temporary signal at this location alternating one-way, he said.

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