GREAT BARRINGTON >> State and local officials applauded the awarding of $2.1 million toward the renovation of the Bridge Street bridge and drainage improvements along that segment of the road.
The award is the largest share of a total of $8.6 million in grants from MassWorks for road, bridge and infrastructure improvements across Western Massachusetts.
According to Selectboard Chairman Sean Stanton, the money will help continue the town's commitment to improving its infrastructure along the Main Street corridor.
MassWorks awards various communities across the state funding for major infrastructure projects.
The improvements to the bridge will enhance access to the revamped New England Logs Homes project at 100 Bridge St.
Southern Berkshire Community Development Director Timothy Geller said the CDC is in talks with a number of local businesses who are interested in renting space on the site. The CDC is also planning rental units and condominiums.
Geller said the remediation of the site is largely complete. His organization, he said, is leaning toward local businesses with an eye toward job creation.
Although Great Barrington captured the largest grant, several other Berkshire towns lauded the grant awards.
"For many smaller communities, with small town budgets, million-dollar bridge repairs aren't realistic," said state Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli at the event.
Sandisfield town officials were excited to hear the award of more than $991,000 for repairs to the Rugg Bridge. The bridge currently has only a 12-ton weight limit, which forces DPW trucks, school buses, emergency vehicles and commercial vehicles to make a 15.4-mile detour to get into town.
Other Berkshire towns getting funding included:
•$380,000 to Dalton for improvements to Housatonic Street and replacement of a water main in town.
•$1,000,000 to the town of Florida for improvements to Central Shaft Road, a connector road with Savoy, and which also accommodates school buses.
•$333,795 to New Ashford for road repairs to improve access to the Mount Greylock State Reservation.
•$1,000,000 to New Marlborough for improvements to a total of 2.8 miles of Clayton-Mill River Road.
•$893,864 to Pittsfield for road repairs and an upgrade to the Dalton Apartments, a 100-unit affordable housing complex.