LENOX, Mass. — Walker Street is an artery between Route 7 and Route 20 and Lenox Dale. And, residents say it's a dangerous road.
"It can be if you've got speeders on it. It can be because you've got a lot of kids playing ball, on bikes, and things like that," said Susan Cahalan, a Lenox resident.
Playing ball, riding bikes, but where? The lanes are narrow and there are no bike lanes, and, there's another missing feature: sidewalks, which could be dangerous for joggers and runners.
"They walk along the side of the road," said Cahalan.
Mass DOT is trying to bring the road up to federal standards.
"It's a town-proposed project. They feel it's very necessary. They feel it's one of the bigger projects that they're doing. Safety-wise, it's one of the projects that's worth looking at," said Robert Kimungu, project manager for the Mass DOT Highway Division.
The Walker Street reconstruction project would begin by the Route 7 and Route 20 highway and end by the Crystal Street intersection. DOT plans to build four foot shoulders to accommodate bicycles and a six foot sidewalk on the north side.
The design phase is 25 percent complete, leading to this public hearing in the town hall Wednesday. Only one resident spoke at the meeting, but lack of words don't mean lack of interest.
"It's been in dire need for repair for a long time," said Cahalan.
The project is expected to cost about $5.4 million. It's currently unfunded. DOT officials expect to receive funding for it in no less than three years.