Final phase of Pittsfield Streetscape project sees more than 80 trees planted

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Photo Gallery | More than 80 trees added to North Street

PITTSFIELD — New trees sprouting up near Paul Rich and Sons on Wednesday are a sure sign the final phase of the 11-year, $18 million downtown streetscape project is nearing completion.

Workers from CSL Landscaping Inc. of Ludlow were planting zelkova, a Japanese ornamental, with tulip trees waiting to be rooted.

Since mid-March, J.H. Maxymillian has been giving North Street its last face lift from Columbus Avenue to Madison Avenue.

Funded by a $4.5 million state public works grant, the eight months of work still on scheduled to wrap up next month, according to city officials, consists of new sidewalk, improved crosswalks, more plantings, upgraded traffic lights at intersections, and reclamation and resurfacing of the four-lane thoroughfare.

As encouragement for pedestrians to use crosswalks, decorative fence will be installed on the median near the Bradford Street intersection and between Maplewood and Madison avenues.

Since 2005, Pittsfield has spent more than $13 million in local, state and federal funding on three phases of the streetscape work: South Street at the intersection of East and West Housatonic streets, from South Street to North Street at Columbus Avenue and Eagle Street and most recently Madison Avenue to Tyler Street.

Contact Dick Lindsay at 413-496-6233


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