|Great Barrington Begins Housatonic Rail Trail Improvements
|04:07PM / Tuesday, October 17, 2023
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — A section of the Housatonic Rail Trail south of Main Street will be closed starting the week of Oct. 16, to make way for trail improvements that will improve conditions for accessibility, bikes, strollers and pedestrians.
The closure begins at Main Street and runs approximately 3,100 feet south on the town-owned section of the trail, toward AmeriGas. Work will stop just north of the AmeriGas property, where the trail is privately owned.
Public Works Superintendent Joe Aberdale said only essential trees alongside the trail will be removed to accommodate the project, and the tree removal plan is under review. The trail will be closed for four to five weeks.
"When winter arrives we will have a stronger, better surface for skiers, walkers, strollers and anyone who wishes to use the trail," said Aberdale. "And between now and then we hope people will use the northbound section of the trail for exercise, dog-walking and other activities."
The project is funded with a combination of Community Preservation Act Funds and DPW funds.