Letter: Re-route funds, not roads

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To the editor:

Berkshire Eagle reporter Larry Parnass deserves high praise for his reportage on the crumbling infrastructures in Berkshire County, namely the bridges in dire need of repair in towns most often without the ability to fully fund such repairs. It seems to be common sense that such repairs and /or replacements need to be done.

State funding should be made available to county towns in need, instead of funding MassDOT's proposed interchange projects for Algerie Road in Otis or one of two sites in Blandford. Since the projected cost of such a project is $38 to perhaps as much as $60 million, imagine how such monies could be used instead by individual towns in need of repaired or new bridges. It would be common sense to vote to use such monies for our already-existing bridges. Therefore, I hope that our state senator, Adam Hinds, and our state representative, "Smitty" Pignatelli, will vote in favor of fixing what already exists and not in favor of the proposed interchange, one that many citizens in the towns of Becket, Blandford, and Otis already strongly oppose. Re-route funds, not roads. Yes, that would make common sense for all. .

David Giannini,




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