Closings, restrictions around funeral procession for Pittsfield police lieutenant


PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- On Jan. 12, the funeral services for Lt. Michael Winston will be conducted from Dwyer Funeral Home, located at 726 North St. in Pittsfield.

A large contingent of law enforcement officers, fire personnel, and EMS personnel from throughout Berkshire County and beyond will be in attendance to pay their respects. A marching and vehicle procession will take place to transport and accompany Lt. Winston from the funeral home to St. Charles Church, located at 89 Briggs Ave. in Pittsfield.

The procession will begin from Dwyer Funeral home at approximately 9 a.m. and proceed north bound on North St. The procession will continue west (left) onto Pontoosuc Ave. and end at St. Charles Church. Anticipated time of arrival at the church is approximately 9:50 a.m.

Impact on traffic:

For the purposes of staging vehicles and marching personal for the procession, North Street will be closed to thru traffic from Tyler Street to Charles Street. There will be no north or south bound traffic in this area of North Street.

Citizens approaching the area will be diverted at North Street. and Wahconah Street to proceed north onto Wahconah Street. South bound traffic will be diverted at North and Charles Street to proceed South on Wahconah Street to access downtown. Upon the start of the procession, south bound traffic will then be shut down at North and Pontoosuc until the procession has passed.

BMC has been notified that all transport vehicles should enter BMC via Wahconah Street and Charles Street entrances.

Signage and detail officers will be stationed at all intersecting roadways to assist the public.

The closing of North Street will last approximately 45 minutes, and the roadways will reopen upon the completion of the procession.

Roadways in the area of St. Charles Church to include Briggs Ave, Pontoosuc Ave, and possibly Lenox Ave. will be closed to thru traffic during the services for Lt. Winston as these roadways will be used for the parking of vehicles participating in the procession. These roadways will reopen upon the completion of the services. Access will be allowed for residents of these roadways.

Citizens are asked to seek alternate routes for their destinations during the hours of 9 a.m. through 10 a.m.

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