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WILLIAMSTOWN -- Traffic delays on Main Street may be raising the ire of local drivers, but the good news is the road work won't take long.

According to Michael Verseckes, spokesman for Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), all the state's road work in Williamstown will be complete by June 27.

"MassDOT's contractor, Warner Brothers, will be resurfacing Route 2, from the North Adams town line to Cole Avenue, and Route 7 from a point just north of the Field Park circle to the Vermont State line," Verseckes said.

Workers are milling 2 to 3 inches off the road surface and replacing it with new pavement, a job that requires reducing the road to one lane during working hours. As a result, drivers are experiencing significant delays.

Verseckes said the project is state-funded from this year's one-time pothole and winter recovery program, which is a statewide $40 million program.

The construction schedule, barring weather related delays, shows milling will be done on Route 2 on today, the same day milling begins on Route 7, which will be concluded on Saturday.

On June 2 and 3, drainage work will be done on Route 7.

Paving on Route 2 will occur on June 4 and 5 and on both Routes 2 and 7 from June 16 to June 19.

During the week of June 23, pavement markings will be applied.

Anticipated for August or September, Williamstown will do similar resurfacing work, said Tim Kaiser, director of the town's public works department.

That work will mill and resurface Main Street from Field Park to Cole Avenue, north on Route 7 from Field Park to Jerome Drive, and Cold Spring Road from Field Park to Sabin Drive.

The project will likely be put out to bid in July, Kaiser noted.

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