Great Barrington officials to examine erosion of Lake Mansfield Road

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Photo Gallery | Lake Mansfield Road eroding away into the lake

GREAT BARRINGTON -- With Lake Mansfield Road beginning to crumble into Lake Mansfield itself, town selectmen have agreed to convene a "summit meeting" of several boards to discuss options for repairing the byway.

No date was set during Monday's meeting, but the summit will likely occur in late August or early September.

Lake Mansfield Road is a connector between Castle Hill Road and Christian Hill Road. It curls around the eastern shore of the lake and yields access to the town beach and parking lots.

The lake has been slowly eroding the small buffer between the water and the road. Although there have been no accidents so far this year, board members expressed fears of the potential for one.

Selectman Chairman Deborah Phillips, who is also a member of the Lake Mansfield Improvement Task Force, suggested on Monday that the board contact other boards including the Planning Board, Conservation Commission, Parks Department and the Task Force.

Selectman Stephen Bannon, who is also a member of the Parks Department, told Phillips the department had a similar notion.

"Something needs to be done there, obviously," Bannon said.

Phillips said a joint meeting would bring all the boards involved "up to speed" on potential solutions to decide what to do with the road.

"We've had opinions going all over the place," she said.

Suggestions range from keeping it a two-lane road, dropping it down to a one-way road or even a park road.

The town will also have to explore the costs of these scenarios, which would probably have to be decided at a town meeting.

This is not the first time town residents have pondered making Lake Mansfield Road a one-way thoroughfare. In 2008, the Lake Mansfield Task Force floated the idea, with few takers.

To reach Derek Gentile:

dgentile@berkshireeagle.com or (413) 496-6251.

On Twitter: @DerekGentile


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