The Friends group learned this summer of MassDOT changes to Phase II construction. At the August MPO Meeting at The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, the MPO voted to set back construction since the design submissions had not received a prompt review (by the MassDOT). Members of the Friends group attended this meeting, along with Kathy Anderson and Mayor Pluta in order to voice our opposition to this change. The Friends group was very concerned and disappointed by this news and has been actively advocating to restore Phase II to the 2012 construction year. We invite you all to follow the correspondence posted below to gain a better understanding of what has transpired. We have also provided a time line which shows what needs to be done and when in order to restore the project to the 2012 construction year.