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Route 2 paving to begin Thursday in Erving
06-05-2024 10:43 AM

ERVING — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is advising motorists that paving work on Route 2 will begin Thursday, June 6, and will conclude on Wednesday, June 12.Work will be conducted between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. each...

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Sunderland Bridge being reduced to one-lane traffic next week
06-14-2024 3:38 PM

SUNDERLAND — As the state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) prepares for a deck repair and resurfacing project on the Sunderland Bridge, drivers are advised there will be one-way traffic on the bridge for two days next week.On Monday, June 17,...


Draft bridge designs shared for $54M project in Montague
06-11-2024 6:22 PM

By ERIN-LEIGH HOFFMAN

MONTAGUE – Town officials got an early look Monday at draft designs for a $54 million bridge replacement project that is expected to begin in the spring of 2027.The mass replacement, to be overseen by the state Department of Transportation, will...


MassDOT handling $6.3M Bardwell’s Ferry Bridge repair project
06-07-2024 2:18 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

CONWAY — As Conway and Shelburne continue to grapple with the indefinite closure of the Bardwell’s Ferry Bridge, there is good financial news for the towns, as the Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will be handling the $6.3 million repair...


Hawley officials seek input on redesign of hazardous road
06-07-2024 9:16 AM

By SAM FERLAND

HAWLEY — A meeting with the Selectboard and representatives of the Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) recently addressed residents’ concerns and welcomed ideas to effectively redesign a curvy, hazardous section of Route 8A known as the...


South Deerfield’s North Main Street bridge closed indefinitely
05-30-2024 3:50 PM

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The bridge carrying North Main Street over the railroad tracks will be closed to traffic indefinitely as the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) repairs deteriorated decking discovered during scheduled maintenance on...


Work on Pinedale Avenue Bridge connecting Athol and Orange to resume
05-08-2024 11:45 AM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL — Closed for a year and a half, work on the Pinedale Avenue Bridge is set to resume next week, according to Public Works Superintendent Dick Kilhart.Kilhart explained that work has been on hold recently as the project’s contractor, Construction...


DPW director: Chapter 90 funding ‘doesn’t go nearly as far as it used to’ in Greenfield
04-21-2024 10:17 AM

By TANISHA BHAT

GREENFIELD — Newly paved roads and repairs to the Mill Street Bridge are in the works for the city, using funds from the Chapter 90 program that provides municipalities annual funding for upgrades to local transportation infrastructure.Department of...


MassDOT shares plans for Church Street bridge replacement in Erving
04-19-2024 12:58 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ERVING — The state Department of Transportation held a public hearing on Thursday to outline its plan to replace the Church Street bridge over Keyup Brook starting in the spring of 2025.The bridge connects Church Street to North Street, and the...


Greenfield City Council approves borrowing $1.18M for Main Street redesign, sewer repairs
04-18-2024 4:02 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — City Council approved a combined $1.18 million in borrowing for the Main Street redesign project and for significant sewer system repairs aimed to bring the city in compliance with a state Department of Environmental Protection consent...


Montague Selectboard talks need for school funding, infrastructure upgrades with Rep. Blais
04-05-2024 1:39 PM

By MAX BOWEN

MONTAGUE — Increased school funding, road and bridge repairs, and wastewater system upgrades were on the minds of Selectboard members as they met with Rep. Natalie Blais this week.Blais, D-Deerfield, met with the board as part of her annual tour of...


‘Hiccup’ over excavation stalls bid acceptance for Conway public safety building addition
04-04-2024 1:57 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

CONWAY — While the acceptance of any bids for the public safety building addition is temporarily delayed as the town works out some “minor hiccups,” officials are hopeful to reach a resolution before a late April deadline.The town has received several...


Officials talk funding for, hear feedback on Northern Tier Passenger Rail
03-29-2024 4:13 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

As the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s (MassDOT) study of the Northern Tier Passenger Rail project continues, officials and consultants Thursday night collected more feedback and laid out some of its potential funding streams in the final...


Orange Selectboard OKs borrowing up to $1.5M for Wastewater Treatment Facility repairs
03-29-2024 2:26 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — The Selectboard voted this week to approve emergency borrowing of up to $1.5 million to replace the Orange Wastewater Treatment Facility’s three influent pumps after one of them failed a few weeks ago.Town Administrator Matthew Fortier...


Closures expected amid painting on White Bridge in Turners Falls
03-22-2024 2:22 PM

TURNERS FALLS — The White Bridge will be closed next Monday and Tuesday due to a daytime painting operation, according to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT).The bridge will be closed from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, MassDOT...


Orange Sewer Commission OKs rental after pump fails
03-11-2024 3:03 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — The Sewer Commission held an emergency meeting Saturday to authorize the rental of a bypass system as a temporary remedy until a failed influent pump can be replaced at the Orange Wastewater Treatment Facility at 295 West Main St.Wastewater...


Public comment sought for Franklin County Bike Plan update
03-05-2024 3:59 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

GREENFIELD — The Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) is asking the public to complete an online survey with an interactive mapping component to provide information for a new Franklin County Bike Plan.By updating the bike plan for the...


Climate justice activist Flowers gives keynote at UMass for Black History Month
03-01-2024 6:25 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

AMHERST — Before acclaimed environmental activist Catherine Coleman Flowers said one word about herself at the outset of a talk at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Thursday night, she expressed gratitude to marginalized communities across...


Nash’s Mill Road in Greenfield to close through April 19 for water main installation
03-01-2024 1:02 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD — Drivers on Nash’s Mill Road can expect detours through April 19, as the city announced Friday the installation of a new 12-inch water main.Work is set to begin Monday, March 4, on the $656,920 project, which will be funded through...


Montague DPW looks to remedy stormwater infiltration to curb sewer overage fees
02-15-2024 1:02 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

MONTAGUE — The investigation into stormwater infiltration in the sewage pipes underneath Federal Street in Millers Falls will continue as the town tries to eliminate a key factor contributing to a $94,668 overage charge assessed by neighboring...


White Bridge closure to continue Thursday
02-14-2024 12:28 PM

TURNERS FALLS — The closure of the White Bridge that connects Greenfield and Turners Falls over the Connecticut River will continue on Thursday, Feb. 15, according to the state Department of Transportation (MassDOT).The bridge was closed Monday...

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