ADAMS — Just as drivers in Adams are becoming accustomed to the new Route 8 roundabout, they'll have to avoid it tonight.
Traffic will be rerouted from 7 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. on Friday to circumvent the roundabout, which will undergo a final paving.
"In order to complete this task the best case scenario to do so will be to completely shut down the area and reroute traffic," said Adams Police Chief Richard Tarsa Jr. in a notification released on Tuesday. "By doing this it allows the contractor a more efficient process and eliminates numerous seams resulting in a better product with a longer life expectancy."
A project years in the making, the $1.44 million roundabout is the first of its kind in the Northern Berkshires. Though it slows down north and southbound traffic on Route 8, it allows for better access from the adjacent Friend Street and Renfrew Street.
The roundabout opened earlier this spring, but hasn't yet reached completion. The project schedule released by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation earlier this year called for construction to be substantially complete by the end of June.
Tarsa said the nearby businesses — 7-Eleven, the car wash and laundry, Dunkin' Donuts and Dollar General — are in agreement with the plan, opting for an overnight paving schedule that will have less impact on their daytime operations.
During tonight's construction, access to the adjacent industrial park and streets will be impacted. No parking will be allowed on the north side of Burt Street, and Friend Street will be closed to non-residential traffic near the northern entrance to Renfrew Athletic Field.
MassDOT will erect detour signage to help re-direct traffic in the area. An Adams police officer and cruiser will reroute all southbound traffic down Lime Street.
A cruiser and officer will be placed at Cook and Columbia streets to reroute traffic down the Cook Street/Crotteau Street/Sparrow Street area to North Summer Street.
A cruiser will also be placed at Columbia and Hoosac streets to reroute any and all trailer truck traffic down Hoosac Street and then northbound onto North Summer Street. This will allow access back onto Route 8 by means of Lime Street.
Several officers will be placed around the construction zone area on foot to direct traffic and enforce the road closure.
Contact Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376