Springfield begins Berkshire Avenue water system upgrades

SPRINGFIELD – The Springfield Water and Sewer Commission announced a rehabilitation of the water lines on Berkshire Avenue in the Pine Point neighborhood, which began this week and continues through mid-July.

The project will take place on Berkshire Avenue between Bay Street and Harvey Street, a distance of approximately 4,300 feet, said Jaimye Bartak, spokesperson for the commission.

The work includes upgrading segments of the 24-inch diameter water pipe and various valves, with the existing pipe dating from 1936, Bartak said.

“The project is part of $ 539,000 in capital upgrades that Commission teams will be making to various areas of the water system during this fiscal year,” Bartak said. “The main focus of the project is on valve replacement, but pipe segments will be checked and repaired or replaced as needed.”

The project is being carried out by the teams of the commission, among its priority projects.

The commission said it plans to keep two-way traffic open during the project, using signage and police details.

The commission considers factors such as age, condition and past water outages in its priorities for rehabilitating water infrastructure, Bartak said.

“The Commission appreciates the patience of residents, businesses, pedestrians and drivers while this important work is done,” she said.

For any questions, the committee can be contacted at (413) 310-3501.

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