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Detours set for Buckland road closing

BUCKLAND — Clesson Brook Road, a main route between Route 112, “Upper” Buckland and Hawley, will be closed for about a month, beginning Monday, as part of the town’s $2 million restoration of the road, culvert and drainage system damaged during Tropical Storm Irene.

This road-closing will allow for the installation of a new concrete culvert, where Shepard Brook passes below Clesson Brook Road. It will also complete the river bank stabilization along Clesson Brook in the vicinity of 48 Clesson Brook Road.

During Irene, both flooding and the collapse of a section of the Clesson Brook bank washed out sections of the road, temporarily stranding residents.

“That culvert has been a problem through many, many storms,” explained Town Administrator Andrea Llamas. “It even overtops in big rain storms. It washed out in 1989, and took out the same spot,” she said.

The project, over the next 30 days, includes replacing the culvert pipe with a large box structure that can accommodate a much larger flow from heavy rains.

Money for the project comes from a MassWorks grant, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the town’s Chapter 90 highway funds.

Those residents living between Route 112 and 48 Clesson Brook Road will have access to Route 112, but no traffic will be able to drive through to the upper part of the road until the work is done.

Residents living at or above 53 Clesson Brook Road, up to the Hawley town line, will have to access Route 112 either by going through Hawley or through a detour down Orcutt Hill Road, Shepard Road to Avery Road.

At least 60 people live on the upper portion of Clesson Brook Road, according to the town street list.

Residents with questions about the road closure can call Llamas at 625-6330.

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