GREAT BARRINGTON -- Motorists traveling State Road over the next three weeks can expect delays as the state resurfaces the major northern thoroughfare to the town.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has hired Lane Construction to mill -- grind up and remove -- the top two inches of asphalt of Routes 7 and 23 from Belcher Square to the Brown Bridge, according to MassDOT officials.

Weather permitting, agency spokesman Michael Verseckes says the milling process is underway and will last through next week, immediately followed by repaving, line striping and pavement markings.

The nearly $500,000 project funded through the Massachusetts Pothole Winter Recovery Program is expected to wrap up by June 20. MassDOT chose State Road for the pothole program due to "extensive deterioration" of the blacktop.

During construction, Verseckes noted two-way travel will be maintained at all times, but because of reduced lane widths, drivers should expect some delays. MassDOT urges motorists traveling through the work zone to reduce speed and use caution as they could encounter raised manhole covers and other obstacles in the road.

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