A mini-valley of dirt and concrete was created on Wednesday across five-lane 13th St. between Adams and Patterson Sts. by workers who will reconstruct the crossing to make it smoother.
Repair work has been done several times in recent years, but proved unsuccessful. The accompanying photo, looking east, was taken at midafternoon Wednesday.
It is hoped that the work can be completed by Friday.
City police have made numerous arrests of semi drivers for being off the posted detour route.
A somewhat contentious and pointed discussion between members of the North Adams School Board and community activists Charlie and Jean Brune ended abruptly Tuesday night when president Tim Ehlerding called enrollment figures at North Adams "not legitimate stats."
The Brunes presented members with two sheets of statistics they say showed North Adams has lost just over 300 students in the past three years, a drop of 14 percent while the labor force during that same time has fallen only 4.07 percent.
An 11-member committee that met monthly for a year or so to discuss problems in the aging building that houses Adams Superior Court and the probation department now has a new task: educating the public about the importance of a city-county government building in downtown Decatur so a referendum will pass in the November, 2012, election.