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I would be so proud of this when other local states have pretty much completed their temp work for winter with non union workers Mass hacks at there finest oh by the way Boston doent know you exsist or this would have started a while ago
I travel through Vermont on Route 9 to Brattleboro over the last few weeks and the damage from Irene is almost completed! Vermont has done this without all the photo ops and fan fare that Massachusetts has made of their roar repairs. Does anyone know why Massachusetts is so slow to respond? Vermont completes their repairs in just over a month......we can't even get an answer in the time it takes our neighboring state to TOTALLY rebuild 6 miles of a major road!
Editor: Well, if you lived here you would see they have been working on the roads - the road I drive on to get home was washed away but back in service in two weeks. Route 2 is the most extensive to repair and the most complicated to do, plus had to have more than 10 feet of mud and debris removed. PS: Vermont has not completed repairs; there's lots of work in progress.
I heard Vermont had a lot of help from neighboring states like Maine. I heard Maine sent a huge crew and tons of heavy equipment to help Vermont...as mentioned the Mohawk Trail posses some very complicated reconstruction....Iím thankful they are taking an aggressive commitment to completing this by December. We have been hearing the Trail would be closed for 1 yearÖI think this is wonderful news for are area.
That is not totally true. Route 9 between Wilmington and Battleboro is all but completely done. The repairs are permanent with the exception of about 200 feet of guard rail. I traveled that section of road just yesterday! I would normally travel route 2, were I would buy my gas and snacks for my ride! Now Vermont has my money.
could you give us a list of the Massachusetts roads? I'm guessing that there are significantly fewer road involved or as important as route 2 is! Vermont understands the importance of route 9 and acted quickly. They are done and our politicians stand on a washed out bridge while Vermont gets in done.
Wow, that is great news. I just can't understand why the comments that follow this story are so negative, even after a news item that is setting the timeline for a safe, yet speedy, repair. Oh wait, this is iBerkshires, where the golden rule is usually "If you don't have anything nice to say, you can always post anonymously on iBerkshires!"
Dear Editor and Looking Forward,
Not true I am a williamstown native! I have lived here 43 years of my life, probably long then you? I just seem confused here.....word was that route 2 was going to take years to repair........now we can have the work completed in 10 weeks.......????? You tell me how this can be and I will sleep better knowing someone is not playing us as citizens and tax payers. Its that simple!
Editor: I'm not an engineer and I don't work for MassDOT. So I can't answer your question. I can guess that it took four weeks to clear, inspect, do immediate patches, draw up design plans and bid work. Having seen only part of the damage, I'm amazed it will open (not completed) in December. No one said it would take years; some people estimated it might take years.
I sorry getting the editors feathers ruffled but this is an example of NH vs. Mass for example in construction they completed 3 bridges and paved 5 miles of road in one summer season they have working on a 2 lane bridge over the border for 7 years. Oh by the way. I called the main Mass DOT office in Boston not Berkshires multiple times since the floods and they could not give me a status report of roads in Berkshires. This is sad. I am 100% Berkshire but Mass. will not recognize that end of the state. This is not me but when I mentioned this to the Main DOT office they had heard the same statement from a Lenox DOT meeting this summer. If you donít believe me try calling the main DOT office not the local office this is sad Also not one Boston station has ever mentioned what happen in the Berkshires except NECN so Mass. people donít know what happened back there. All they heard about was the Patriots power was on before the town. While there was total devastation in Berkshires. Just my two cents worth
The Mohawk Trail repairs are not temporary, the road has been re-engineered, bid out and approved. This section of road is not a simple dump and go project. Rt-9 from Brat to Wilmington has been under construction since 1975 and still has those famed Vermont BUMP! I'v lived in both state and will take Mass roads anytime.