Saturday, July 20, 2024

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Tag: MassDOT

I WITNESS: What will it take to ban assault weapons?

Welcome to the new America: a breeding ground for vitriol, animosity, and homicidal rage.

It’s Not That Simple: Coming apart at the seams?

Why are our bridges failing? Whose fault is it and why is nothing done until it’s too late? Not surprisingly, part of the problem is money. It costs $4-5 million to replace a bridge so it isn’t something the town takes lightly.

Officials: Temporary repair to Cottage Street bridge out of the question

Town manager Mark Pruhenski told the audience that such a move might force the town alone to pay the costs of replacement.

Police chief touts crackdown on road scofflaws, including speeders and skateboarders

Police Chief Bill Walsh, along with Sgt. Paul Storti, presented a recently designed strategic enforcement plan to the selectboard Monday night at the Claire Teague Senior Center.

News Briefs: Division Street bridge to close to vehicular traffic; federal grant for Lee firefighters

Barriers and detour signage will be installed to alert drivers to the closure of the Division Street bridge over the Housatonic River. The bridge will remain open to pedestrian and bike traffic.

News Briefs: Sewage legislation advanced; bicycle, pedestrian plans

The bill would establish practices and procedures to require those legally in charge of running sewage overflow outlets to inform the public if and when raw sewage is entering their rivers and waterways, a term known as “combined sewage overflow.”

PROFILE: Sen. Adam Hinds looks back at legislative accomplishments – and challenges

The Edge recently sat down with Hinds in his Pittsfield office to discuss his proudest accomplishments, how to align workforce development needs with the education system, and his hopes and concerns about the rollout of recreational marijuana in the state, among other things.

News Brief: Mass Pike bridge maintenance

The work is scheduled from Tuesday, May 28, through Thursday, May 30, and will occur between the daytime hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.

No temporary fix: Cottage Street bridge to be closed for five years

Though the vote was unanimous to keep the bridge closed, selectboard Chairman Steve Bannon said the board could always change its mind if there was a groundswell of objections from neighbors.

News Briefs: Lake Mansfield trail work; Mass Pike bridge deck repair; GBPD joins use-of-force database

The GBPD joins hundreds of police departments nationwide in reaffirming their commitment to better data, which can be used to develop policies and procedures and build a stronger understanding of when, why and how officers use force when detaining suspects.

Keep east-west rail on track

Western Mass leaders and activists need to unite around passenger rail service. We propose formation of a Western Mass Rail Coalition to create the united front necessary to ensure that MassDOT understands the needs of our large region of the Commonwealth.

News Brief: MassDOT announces additional regional transit authority funding awards

The award winners have been selected based upon factors such as whether projects will increase ridership, demonstrate innovation, serve a priority population, be financially sustainable and provide cost savings or operational efficiencies.

News Brief: Great Barrington receives Complete Streets Funding Program award

Wednesday’s announcement regarding the Complete Streets program provides funding to the Berkshire community of Great Barrington, which will receive $222,077 for a sidewalk extension on the Housatonic Main Street.

Sticker shock: Corroded bridges of Great Barrington need $11 million in repairs

It is not yet clear whether the Division Street bridge would be closed during construction or remain open with one lane.

Toward a better Stockbridge intersection

No rotary: MassDOT requires so much signage approaching a rotary and within a rotary. It will be an eyesore for the Town.

Bring back the trains to (and from) the Berkshires

By bringing back the trains, we could take a huge step in restoring the Berkshires to vibrant economic health, and integrate the best of its industrial past with the best of 21st-century economic development and environmental sustainability.

News Briefs: Bump sworn in for third term; public comment sought for draft bike plan

The goal is to have a plan that presents an action-oriented strategy that will lead to increased use of trails for short trips made by bicycling.

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