Updated 10/04/2012 07:36 PM
Construction work to fix water main pressure for local residents
Water pressure issues for one Pittsfield neighborhood will soon be a thing of the past. Berkshire County reporter Madeleine Rivera tells us how residents are reacting to the news.
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- It's loud. It's dusty. But residents around Hancock Road are willing to put with it to see work on a project they say has been long overdue.
"Oh it's necessary. We need it. I've been living here for 32 years and we've not had any work done on the road at all. So it's very important that we finally get it done," said Pittsfield resident William McGovern.
In September, construction work began to install new pipes to fix the water main pressure problems for residents in the neighborhood.
"We're installing a 12 inch water main on Hancock and an eight inch that would run through the neighborhood that would run through Constitution, Waubeek and Overlook," said Bruce Collingwood, Commissioner of Public Works and Utilities.
On top of working on the water main pressure problems, local officials are looking to improve the overall condition of Hancock Road, mainly focusing on the road's surface.
"It's kind of a quality of life issue in regards to as the Commissioner mentioned the water pressure. The road was in pretty bad shape, arguably probably one of the worst roads in the city," said Ward 7 City Counselor Tony Simonelli.
"It's such a busy road and it's such a small road that makes it impossible, so we have to give these guys a lot of credit for what they're getting accomplished," said McGovern.
Contractors are aiming to finish the water main project on Hancock Road by the end of November and are hoping to start on the side streets before winter, but will likely finish sometime next year. The close to a million dollar project is being funded by tax payers.