The state has awarded another $126,000 to Great Barrington for completion of the Old Route 7 Greenway Multi-Use Trail Project. The grant is from MassWorks, a department of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development.

This latest grant, plus a previous MassDOT Shared Streets grant of $137,310, will allow the town to decrease the amount of money it had intended to borrow to fund the project. When complete, the project will cost $517,000.

The half-mile path is being built along the former, discontinued, route of Stockbridge Road. The path is separated from the road, representing a major safety improvement for walkers and bikers on this section of Stockbridge Road, who would otherwise walk on the narrow shoulders of the busy highway.

Together with a new sidewalk completed by MassDOT, the path closes a hiking loop in the Fountain Pond/Three Mile Hill trail system, and completes a walkable link between two health/community centers: the Community Health Programs campus to the north and the Berkshire South Regional Community Center area to the south.

The project is slated for completion this fall.

Jeannie Maschino can be reached at 413-496-6256 or jmaschino@berkshireeagle.com.

Community News Editor / Librarian

Jeannie Maschino is community news editor and librarian for The Berkshire Eagle. She has worked for the newspaper in various capacities since 1982 and joined the newsroom in 1989.