Paving expected to cause delays on Pittsfield's South Street


PITTSFIELD -- Drivers on South Street today should anticipate delays as workers pave the final stretch of the reconstructed road.

Weather permitting, the contractor will lay the top coat of asphalt from Spadina Parkway to Crofut Avenue, according to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

The rest of the 1.4-mile stretch of South Street (Route 7 & 20) from the entrance to Berkshire Life to just south of West Housatonic Street was paved in mid-September.

MassDOT is overseeing the 18-month project, which officials last month said should wrap up in mid-November. The $6 million reconstruction project was originally planned for completion in June 2014.

Various other aspects of the road and streetscape work will take another six weeks to finish.

The final stage of construction includes finishing the 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 curbs, sidewalks, and drainage along most of the major thoroughfare from Berkshire Life to the intersection with Taconic and Reed streets. Crews also built three retaining walls: two on each side of the South Mountain-South Street intersection and along the northbound lane between Crofut and the city's park on Veterans Way.

City officials have said the South Street project has been long overdue because the road has taken a beating for more than a decade.

To reach Dick Lindsay:,
or (413) 496-6233.


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