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Repaving starts for Brookside Cemetery roads in Easthampton

EASTHAMPTON — Parks and Recreation Director John Mason said his department has received complaints about the roads in Brookside Cemetery for years.

“There are potholes, huge potholes,” he said of the roads in the cemetery between Nashawannuck Pond and Williston Avenue.

Mason said the Department of Public Works “has done a good job patching them through the years but a lot of spots had gotten really bad.”

A project to completely reconstruct 60 percent of the cemetery’s roads started Wednesday and the new roads should be smooth and open to vehicles by the end of next week, Mason said.

“We’re excited to get the majority of the roads repaved,” he said. “It’s long overdue.”

Paving the cemetery’s driveway and the outer circular road costs $75,000, work paid for mostly by cemetery plot sales and some city money that was appropriated years ago for the project. Mason said he hopes to be able to repave the remaining inner roads in the cemetery in two or three years.

Vehicles will not have access to the cemetery until Nov. 7 while Lane Construction of Westfield completes the week-long paving job. Visitors can park on Williston Avenue or the Nashawannuck Pond driveway and walk into the cemetery.

Rebecca Everett can be reached at reverett@gazettenet.com.

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