Great Barrington Road-Stream Crossing management plan available for review
Before and after improving a road crossing. Image courtesy of Housatonic Valley Association.
Greater Barrington – The Housatonic Valley Association (HVA), in partnership with the City of Great Barrington, has produced a Stream Crossing Management Plan which identifies the highest priority stream crossing replacement projects in Great Barrington.
This document is a guide on how road infrastructure projects should be designed to mitigate flooding of watercourses and to ensure the improvement of aquatic wildlife corridors. Funding for the project is provided by the NRD Trustees of the Housatonic River and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
HVA and the city invite the public to comment on this plan until August 31, 2022. Drafts are available in hard copy only, at the Planning Department’s City Hall at 334 Main Street and both at the library Mason, at 231 Main Street and the Ramsdell Library. , 1087 Main St., Housatonic.
Road-stream crossings are intersections of roads and streams. These are places where streams are directed under roads, using culverts or bridges.
“For people and animals, these intersections are critically important, especially where full waterways can erode, wash out or damage roads and infrastructure, and where roads can interrupt aquatic animal routes. who use the waterways to live and migrate,” said Chris Rembold, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Community Planning and Development. “As you review the information, keep some questions in mind: Which rivers regularly flood the road? Has water on the road or another crossing blocked access to essential services? If not, are there crossing points where a failure would block access to essential services?”
Rembold encourages the community to review this document and provide feedback by August 31. The select council will then vote to adopt or modify it, and it will then be included in the city’s climate change adaptation and risk mitigation plan.
Comments can be emailed to Chris Rembold of the Town Planning Department at [email protected]