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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...


Blais: Leverett to get public transportation this summer
06-03-2024 12:14 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

LEVERETT — State Rep. Natalie Blais held a town hall in Leverett Friday to provide updates to residents on transportation and infrastructure projects. Speaking to a small group, Blais announced that Leverett would be connected to public...


State grant to bring additional van to South County Senior Center
06-01-2024 1:45 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — Thanks to a Massachusetts Department of Transportation grant, the South County Senior Center will one day be able to say it has a fleet of vehicles.The regional senior center serving Deerfield, Sunderland and Whately received $90,800 to...


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...


Amtrak expands Valley Flyer service with evening runs to and from valley to NYC
05-30-2024 11:05 AM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Residents in the Pioneer Valley looking to get away to New York City for the weekend now have more of a means to do so, thanks to additional Amtrak Valley Flyer trains running between Greenfield and New Haven, Connecticut, that can...


FRTA, others land state grants to buy vehicles, launch programs that expand coverage
05-27-2024 4:01 PM

By ALEXA LEWIS

Public transportation services will soon expand and improve throughout the region thanks to an influx of state money that the two transit authorities that cover Franklin and Hampshire counties will use to buy new accessible vehicles and implement...


Report urges full reexamination of regional transit authorities
05-14-2024 4:52 PM

By MICHAEL P. NORTON

MBTA service problems and fiscal dilemmas have commanded significant public attention, but a new report says the regional transit authorities that provided 19 million bus and shuttle rides in 2021 lack connectivity and a “funding bedrock.”The report,...


Bike Month event in Greenfield looks at favorite cycling spots, room for improvement
05-14-2024 4:15 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD — In celebration of Bay State Bike Month and in anticipation of a new Franklin County Regional Bike Plan, the Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) welcomed cyclists to the John W. Olver Transit Center on Tuesday.With...


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...


Deerfield residents petitioning to fix ‘dangerous’ intersection
04-17-2024 3:23 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

DEERFIELD — With 12 crashes between 2021 and 2023 and likely an even greater number of close calls at the intersection of Routes 5 and 10, North Main Street and Mill Village Road, two residents have launched a petition asking the state Department of...


Part of Hawley’s Route 8A closed next week for slope repairs
04-12-2024 3:01 PM

HAWLEY — An area of Route 8A just south of the intersection with Pudding Hollow Road will be closed through Friday, April 19 next week, as the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) conducts slope repairs along the roadway.MassDOT will...


Greenfield School Committee aligns busing policy with current practice
04-11-2024 6:36 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — The School Committee voted Wednesday to expand its busing policy for elementary school students by half a mile, allowing students living at Leyden Woods, Oak Courts and Greenfield Gardens to continue being bused to school as is the...


Keeping ‘vulnerable road users’ safe: A year after passage of 4-foot law, MassBike advocating for other protective measures
04-01-2024 10:38 AM

By XINYI YANG

A year after its advocates played a key role in passage of a law aimed at making roads safer for “vulnerable users” — bicyclists, pedestrians and more — the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition is again pushing for more changes designed to add further...


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...


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...

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