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News Briefs: Mass Pike daytime construction; GBPD re-accreditation assessment

By Monday, Sep 30, 2019 News

MassDOT schedules daytime construction operations on I-90 westbound

Boston — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has announced that crews will be conducting maintenance operations at specific locations on I-90 westbound in West Stockbridge and Becket. The work is scheduled to begin Monday, Sept. 30, and will continue through to Thursday, Oct. 3. The work will take place during the daytime hours of 6 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Travel will be maintained on I-90 at all times. The locations and schedules for lane closures for the work are as follows:

West Stockbridge

  • Bridge joint repair operations will take place on I-90 westbound at mile marker 2.5 on Monday, Sept. 30, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be temporary lane closures during this time.
  • Guardrail repair work will take place on I-90 westbound from mile marker 0.0 to mile marker 1.0 Monday, Sept. 30, through Thursday, Oct. 3, from 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There will be temporary low speed lane closures during this time.


  • Bridge approach repair operations will take place on I-90 westbound at mile marker 17 Tuesday, Oct. 1, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be temporary lane closures during this time.

Drivers who are traveling through the affected areas should expect delays, reduce speed and use caution. All scheduled work is weather dependent and/or may be impacted due to an emergency situation.

For more information on traffic conditions, travelers are also encouraged to:

  • Dial 511 and select a route to hear real–time conditions;
  • Visit com, a website which provides real-time traffic and incident advisory information and allows users to subscribe to text and email alerts for traffic conditions;
  • Follow MassDOT on Twitter to receive regular updates on road and traffic conditions; and
  • Download MassDOT’s GoTime mobile app and view real-time traffic conditions before setting out on the road.

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GBPD to undergo assessment for re-accreditation

Great Barrington — Great Barrington Police Department Chief William Walsh has announced that a team of assessors from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission is scheduled to arrive Tuesday, Oct. 15, to begin examining various aspects of the GBPD’s policies, procedures, operations and facilities.

Verification by the assessment team that the department meets the commission’s standards is part of a voluntary process to gain state accreditation, a self-initiated evaluation process by which police departments strive to meet and maintain professionally established standards.

Accreditation status is awarded for a period of three years; the GBPD was most recently awarded state accreditation Jan. 18, 2017. The Massachusetts Police Accreditation Program consists of 257 mandatory standards as well as 125 optional standards. In order to achieve accreditation status again, the department must meet all applicable mandatory standards as well as 55% of the optional standards.

For more information, contact Chief Walsh at (413) 528-0306.

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