Detour planned for Route 2 repair near Charlemont starting on Monday
CHARLEMONT — To speed up a culvert replacement on Route 2, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will be closing a stretch of the highway east of the town center, near the Hicks family cornfields, starting on Monday .
MassDOT spokesman Michael Verseckes said the culvert was to be done in two stages, using a traffic signal for one-lane alternating traffic. But, because of land obstacles that affect the installation of a retaining wall, the most efficient and cost-effective way to do it is to close off the work site to all traffic and implement a short-term detour.
The bid price for the project was $1.2 million.
The detour for passenger vehicles will be on Burrington Road, but larger trucks will have to be detoured onto other state routes, because Burrington Road is too narrow for their turning radius.
“At this time, we are looking to resume work during the first full week of November,” said Versecke. “Once the work begins, we expect it to take a full two weeks to get the project to a stage where we can reopen (that stretch of) Route 2.”
Follow this link to a detour map for passenger vehicles: http://goo.gl/maps/TAOo7
Follow this link to a detour map for trucks: http://goo.gl/maps/5RtkJ