Hubbard Avenue underpass down to single lane pending repair

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PITTSFIELD -- The Hubbard Avenue underpass will be down to one lane until Thursday morning after crews performed an emergency repair to two catch basins in the roadway, according to the highway division superintendent.

The underpass was completely closed to traffic about 1 p.m. Wednesday after the highway division received calls from motorists reporting the catch basins were "sinking into the road," said Superintendent Vinny Barbarotta.

"It was very dangerous for motorcycles, and I had at least three calls that someone almost crashed," he said.

Crews had repaired the issue repaired the issue by about 3 p.m., he said. The underpass will be down to one lane until Thursday morning to allow concrete poured around the catch basins to dry. While the narrow underpass is typically two-way, vehicles often pass through one at a time.

Barbarotta said the damage was likely the result of regular wear-and-tear of heavy vehicle traffic. He said there are plans to rebuild the underpass, which is known to flood in heavy rain, but the timeline for that project was uncertain.

Amanda Burke can be reached at, on Twitter @amandaburkec and 413-496-6296.



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