Bridge closing is not minor problem

Monday October 15, 2012

The residents of most of Tyringham, Monterey, parts of Otis, Sandisfield and New Marlborough who travel to points north all have to take one road to get to their destination: Tyringham Road in Lee. For many of us this is a daily route to work, school, the hospital, county services and shops. This roadway has been in dangerously poor condition for years, with apparently no fix in sight. Our lives were made worse when the state closed the bridge on Meadow Street nearly seven months ago, eliminating the one alternative out of Tyringham Valley and the direct route to South Lee, Stockbridge and parts of Lenox and Great Barrington.

It was disheartening to read in the Oct. 5 Eagle that the temporary bridge originally promised for early September is delayed for several more months, possibly until Decem ber. Downright insulting is the repeated reference (in this and earlier stories) to Meadow Street as a "popular shortcut." It makes it sound as if closing this road is a minor inconvenience to a few households. The road has been the direct connection to South Lee, Stock bridge and other points west as long as there have been settlements in the Tyringham Valley. Closing this road has meant a 3- to 5-mile detour for all of us, and forced even more traffic onto the horribly potholed and patched Tyringham Road in Lee.

Thank you for reporting on local road projects. I hope that this may help us get them fixed.




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