Great Barrington Alford Road project set to begin Thursday

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GREAT BARRINGTON — Chilly, damp weather has postponed the Alford Road project until this week.

The $450,000 project was slated to begin last Monday, but rain and cool weather postponed the work, according to Department of Public Works Superintendant Joseph Sokul.

Contractor Lane Construction has indicated to the town that they will be ready to start on Thursday morning. The work will entail paving the segment of the road from the Alford town line to Seekonk Crossroad. Sokul said Lane hopes to complete the paving within two days.

"Weather permitting, we'd like to get that section done," he said. "That's really the worst section of the road. If we can get that done, we'd be happy."

Sokul said the weather may prevent getting to the second phase of the project, which is the paving of the road from Castle Hill Avenue to Seekonk Crossroad.

That segment may have to wait until the spring, when the town plans to pave the road from Castle Hill Avenue to the railroad bridge on Taconic Avenue as part of the third phase of the project.

Sokul said the town is still planning to install stop signs and speed monitoring signs along the road to better regulate the traffic flow.

Voters at town meeting approved the project three years ago. The project will be funded by state Chapter 90 funds. A portion of the impetus for the project was residents' concerns about speeding on the road, hence the application of "traffic calming" measures.

Contact Derek Gentile at 413-496-6251.


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