The westerly access to the Berkshire Mall via Route 7 in Lanesborough opened today nearly one month ahead of schedule. The $6.3 million project is funded by the federal stimulus American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
The early completion triggers a bonus for the contractor worth nearly $230,000. The construction contract allowed for an early completion bonus of $9,550 per calendar day up to 24 days. Work on the project began in March.
"I want to thank the Governor and Lieutenant Governor for encouraging MassDOT to include contractor incentives in our projects. Time matters in our business,” said MassDOT Secretary & CEO Jeff Mullan. "Stimulus projects help the Administration achieve its goal of creating short- and long-term jobs, sustained regional economic growth and stronger communities and transit across Massachusetts.”
The next phase of the Route 7/8 Connector Road (formerly Berkshire Mall Drive) project involves the repaving of Partridge Road and removal of a temporary access road. The final phase to begin next year involves completion of a new easterly access driveway to Route 8. The contractor, E.T. & L. Corporation, may receive an additional incentive bonus for early completion of these two phases. The current completion date is August 19, 2011.