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Complaints Made About Curbs Damaging Tires In Great Barrington

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The town of Great Barrington is looking at its options amid a host of complaints about drivers popping and tearing their tires on curbs installed as a part of Main Street reconstruction.Great Barrington Selectboard Chair Sean Stanton says he’s heard the complaints about the new granite curbs and says the town is researching the cost of softening their edges, which MassDOT estimates at $120,000 for the entire project area.

“What we’ve been told is that that would be a town cost,” Stanton said. “So the town would be on the hook for that. The state’s not going to pay for it.”

Stanton says the contractor, JH Maxymillian of Pittsfield, isn’t going to pay for it because the curbs are standard for other projects. The Main Street reconstruction is a roughly $6 million project.

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