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Great Barrington construction projects hampered by pandemic-related economic issues

Nov 15, 2021 1:30 pm

Heather Bellow reports in The Berkshire Eagle that supply shortages, bidding problems, and cost increases, have made it difficult for the town of Great Barrington to complete various roadwork projects and a downtown parking lot overhaul. Department of Public Works Superintendent Sean VanDeusen said work will be completed soon on front steps at Town Hall, the retaining wall under the railroad trestle on Taconic Avenue, and a downtown parking lot with drainage problems. But coronavirus pandemic-related supply shortages, delays, inflation, and inundated contractors have nearly doubled projected costs. “It’s really crippled our ability to get projects done,” VanDeusen said. “Prices are all over the board. You can’t estimate them properly.” Replacing the Ramsdell Library boiler cost 40 percent more, and its arrival date is a mystery. But the downtown Triplex Cinema lot will be done by Thanksgiving, VanDeusen says, with new lighting and a charger station with two stalls for electric vehicles. Read more about this story in The Berkshire Eagle.