PITTSFIELD -- If Mother Nature cooperates, final paving should begin next week on a 1.4-mile section of South Street, state transportation officials said on Friday.
Weather permitting, the contractor on Monday will lay the top coat of asphalt from Spadina Parkway south to the entrance of Berkshire Life, according to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.
The paving will continue Tuesday from Crofut Street to just south of West Housatonic Street, MassDOT spokesman Michael Verseckes said.
He noted the middle section between Crofut Street and Spadina Parkway is expected to take place in early October after deck repairs are completed on two bridges.
The contractor, J.H. Maxymillian, currently is refurbishing the crossing over the railroad tracks near the intersection of Gamwell Avenue and South Street and the span across the Housatonic River just north of Fairfield Avenue and South Street. The bridge construction occasionally has caused traffic delays this summer.
MassDOT is overseeing the 16-month project, which the officials earlier this month said should wrap up ahead of schedule in mid-November. The $6 million reconstruction project originally was planned to be completed in June 2014.
Various other aspects of the road and streetscape work will take another 21 2 months to finish.
The final stage of construction is to complete installation of new traffic lights at five intersections with South Street -- South Mountain Road, Warren Terrace, Gamwell Avenue, Crofut Street and the entrance to Berkshire Life.
Since the project began in April 2012, the contractor has installed new curbing and drainage along most of the road from Berkshire Life north to the intersection with Taconic and Reed streets. Crews also built a retaining wall in the northbound lane between Crofut and the city's park on Veterans Way. Two additional retaining walls were completed this summer on each side of the South Street-South Mountain Road intersection.
City officials say the South Street work has been long overdue because the road has taken a beating for more than a decade.
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