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State Rep. Pignatelli appointed as Lenox’s interim town manager, effective July 1

Select Board members applauded filling the opening with a local resident already knowledgeable with town workings.

Town considers ’emergency repair’ to Division Street span, releases plans for Brown Bridge upgrade

Town manager Mark Pruhenski acknowledged that the costs for the emergency repair of the Division Street bridge, which are currently unknown, would be in addition to whatever it costs to perform a permanent repair or replacement.

Town Hall Briefs: Ailing bridges, traffic nightmares and other tales of woe

Whether one lane of the Brown Bridge is closed during construction or whether it is shut down altogether, the construction will be a major disruption to traffic, especially considering the fact that the town-owned Division Street bridge was closed by the state in the second week of September.

Great Barrington residents vent about speeding, ‘scandalous’ bridge closures

At Monday's Great Barrington Selectboard meeting at the Claire Teague Senior Center, concerns ranged from traffic, speeding, and the impact the closure of the Division Street and Cottage Street bridges are having on businesses and residents alike.

GB planners eye zoning changes for Stockbridge Road; high vacancy rate seen as a product of ‘disruption’

The reality is that several businesses on that strip have closed in recent months, leading to the question of what replaces those businesses that have left and whether the current zoning is too restrictive to allow for a full range of replacements, including residential or mixed-use combinations.

Great Barrington eyes funding for five ‘complete streets’ projects: They’re not just for cars

Berkshire Regional Planning Commission senior transportation planner Eammon Coughlin said the town will be notified in late December if it is awarded funding.

News Brief: Water update from Housatonic Water Works

Housatonic Water Works maintains nearly 90,000 linear feet of water mains, mostly cast iron installed in the 1880s. Although these lines remain in good condition, they are more reactive to chlorine which can cause increased iron sediment.

NATURE’S TURN: Beware roadside wild parsnip, be dazzled by parsnip in the garden

Researching the carrot family, I discovered yellow flowering wild parsnip, a plant that is reported to be as hazardous as poison ivy. Upon close examination of a 6-feet-tall individual, it was clear that I had, in fact, come upon wild parsnip.

Industrial-scale weed facility stirs the pot in New Marlborough

The proposal by Oasis Campus LLC to build a sprawling cannabis production facility on 106 acres near Lake Buel and abutting the Sandisfield State Forest has roiled the waters of this normally quiet town.

News Briefs: Hinds weighs in on Berkshire Museum controversy; Route 183 bridge closure; Berkshire Flyer meeting

The closure of the Route 183 bridge is to facilitate the installation of the new concrete beams for the final phase of construction.

News Brief: Temporary closure of Route 183 Housatonic bridge; Mass. Senate passes legislation to curb campus sexual violence; Mass. Ranked fourth most bicycle-friendly state

The closure of the bridge is to facilitate the removal of the temporary bridge and implement a new traffic pattern onto the newly constructed Phase I bridge.

State issues timeline for installing temporary Route 183 bridge in Housatonic

MassDOT says it will continue to update the public as it implements this phase of the project and that crews will work "24/7" to complete installation of the temporary bridge.

MassDOT closes Route 183 bridge in Housatonic indefinitely

MassDOT will continue its comprehensive evaluation process and will update the public in the coming week as it analyzes the current status of the bridge.

News Brief: Temporary overnight bridge closure

The signed detour utilizes Route 7, Route 102 and Route 183 in Great Barrington and Stockbridge.

Embattled Route 183 bridge reopens to one-lane traffic

The 104-foot-long bridge, which was built in 1969, was deemed by MassDOT in a recent report to be "structurally deficient and functionally obsolete."

Beam collapse causes abrupt closure of Route 183 (Park Street) bridge

MassDOT has implemented a traffic management plan that includes variable message boards to inform the public, including one at the intersection of Route 183 and Route 7 (Stockbridge Road). The department says the signed detour utilizes Route 7, Route 102 and Route 183 in towns of Great Barrington and Stockbridge.

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