Great Barrington Selectboard votes to keep Lake Mansfield Road open

GREAT BARRINGTON— Last month, the town’s
Selectboard voted to close Lake Mansfield Road to vehicular traffic after
hearing concerns that the deteriorating road was impacting the ecosystem of the
protected town resource.

But upon further review, town officials
felt that the decision was premature, said Great Barrington Town Manager Mark
Pruhenski.

“While we respect the opinion and
recommendation of the Lake Mansfield Improvement Task Force, after further
review, we feel that this closure is not in the best interests of our town at
this time,” said Pruhenski at the Selectboard’s Monday, Sept. 23 meeting.
“Staff recognizes the potential that a smoother road in the short term may
increase speeds and decrease pedestrian safety, and we will work to install
speed signage and increase traffic enforcement should the select board
implement our recommendation.”

At the task force’s Sept. 10 meeting, the group voted to recommend closing the 1,000-linear-foot stretch of Lake Mansfield Road from Knob Hill Road northwards, to just south of 30 Lake Mansfield Road driveway, be closed to all vehicular traffic beginning Nov. 15.

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