GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Wisdom Way construction in Greenfield has been moved up to next year by the Franklin County Transportation Planning Organization.

According to a news release sent to 22News, the construction which was previously scheduled for FY24 will take place between River Street and the Fairgrounds main entrance. Work that needs to be done includes straightening and stabilizing the roadway and adding new bike lanes.

Marlo Warner, Director of Greenfield’s Department of Public Works, told 22News he is happy this plan is happening faster, “So as you go through the design and the project moves, the sooner you can get your design done. Your engineering, it can move up years on that project. So Greenfield was very aggressive in the engineering and the design of Wisdom Way.”

The City of Greenfield will allocate $285,000 that will be used for the engineering and design of the project. The project itself costs at least $3.3 million and will be paid by Federal funds. Construction is expected to begin mid-to-late summer of 2021.

As part of the contract with MassDOT, the Franklin Regional Council of Governments receives federal transportation funds to conduct regional transportation planning. On a monthly basis, the FCTPO, a group of local, regional and state stakeholders meet to direct transportation planning studies and prioritize construction funds coming to Franklin County.

MAP: River Street