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GCC traffic to be rerouted for rotary work

GREENFIELD — As Greenfield Community College students, staff and visitors start the fall semester on Tuesday, they will have to use another route to exit the campus.

Starting on Tuesday, the state Department of Transportation is reclaiming and paving the road at the school’s entrance onto Colrain Road, as pat of a roundabout project there. The job will take about 10 days.

To minimize delays and alleviate some of the traffic on Colrain Road, the state is opening the Homestead Avenue gate from its parking lots to be used as an exit only. The DOT will place traffic officers and signs in key locations to assist those who are unfamiliar with this route, according to Jeffrey Marques, the director of facilities management at GCC.

It will be open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Meanwhile, College Drive will be a one-way entrance.

For $1.5 million, the state is building a single-lane rotary at Colrain Street and Colrain Road meant to improve the intersection at the entrance to the college.

Following the asphalt reclamation and paving, the contractor will begin replacing sidewalks and granite curbing along Colrain Road. By mid-October, the roadway and sidewalks will be re-graded with new seeding and planting. The project’s finishing touches will be a final surface layer of pavement and roadway markings, signs and guardrails. The project is expected to be completed by winter.

You can reach Kathleen McKiernan at:

kmckiernan@recorder.com

or 413-772-0261 ext. 268

On Twitter, follow @RecorderKatMcK

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