Update on Rte 109 RR closing – 9AM Friday through Monday


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This update today from Mike Sullivan –


We just finished meeting with the railroad representatives (Mass DOT, MBTA and Mass Coastal Railroad). Route 109 will close to traffic at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, November 13 and will remain closed until Tuesday, November 17. During that time the badly deteriorated railroad grade crossing will be replaced with a new concrete grade crossing. It’s possible, depending on how the works progresses, that 109 would be open Monday afternoon, but to be on the safe side, we are assuming it will be closed all day Monday. Friday, commuter traffic will be able to use 109 until 9:00 a.m., after which detours will be in place to reroute traffic. Every effort will be made to provide access to local businesses on 109 through the weekend but 109 at the railroad crossing will be closed, as replacement of the grade crossing will make it impassible. To avoid getting caught up in traffic, it would be wise to avoid the center of Town this weekend, particularly, during commuter traffic periods. School buses using that section of 109 will be rerouted on Friday afternoon and Monday. Every effort is being made to alert residents, businesses, public and private schools, churches, surrounding towns and commuters so that they will be prepared for the closure. The DPW, Police and Fire Departments will be working to reroute traffic and minimize disruptions, but 109 is a heavily travelled commuter route and carries a high volume of traffic, even during off hours, so, if at all possible, the area should be avoided from Friday morning until Tuesday.  Michael Sullivan, Town Administrator

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2 responses to “Update on Rte 109 RR closing – 9AM Friday through Monday

  1. Will Rte 109 be open on the west side of arête 27 & the east side of North St? The area to be closed is not very specific.

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    • Selectman Osler "Pete" Peterson

      Wendy,
      My understanding is that the closure of Rte. 109 is only right at the RR tracks, so that I expect that Rte. 109 by North Street should be open as usual. I would also expect that the construction people will make every effort to keep access to the businesses in that immediate area open so people can get to those businesses.

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