By MADELINE HUGHES
A portion of Falls Road will soon be closed for continued sewer upgrade work with a detour along Bacon Drive through late November, town officials said this week.
Local residents and workers will be allowed access to their homes and businesses in the affected area, but there will be no through traffic during the day.
Drivers will be diverted onto Bacon Drive to get around the ongoing excavation and installation of new sewer infrastructure. “If you can take alternate routes, do wherever you can,” said Interim Town Manager Lee Krohn.
Residents and business owners in the affected area will receive a letter from town officials explaining how the work will affect their neighborhood, Krohn said.
Engineers had not pinpointed an exact start date for the road closures by press time for the Shelburne News, but they estimated it would begin during the week of Oct. 22.
Krohn acknowledged that the new traffic pattern will be an inconvenience.
“It’s a constant conundrum” of balancing necessary maintenance work with the needs of individuals, Krohn said. “This work is going as well (and as quickly) as it can.”
“We understand it is a hardship, but this could help us take a whole week off the construction timetable,” Krohn said. “It’s a bit of a heartache for a period of time.”
The work is part of the sewer collection system project, which is a multi-year project to replace the town’s sewer lines. Work requiring the road closure will be done between the eastern entrance of Bacon Drive on Falls Road to the intersection with Mount Philo Road. Drivers coming into the village from the east on Falls Road will be diverted onto Bacon Drive to Mount Philo Road.
Falls Road will be closed with work ongoing only be during the daytime – 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays. During that time, there will be flaggers at each intersection,
There will also be two temporary speed bumps placed on Bacon Drive to slow drivers through the residential neighborhood.
Projects need to be wrapped up sooner rather than later with pavement needing to be completed before winter hits, Krohn said. “At this point in the season it becomes a race against the weather.”
Construction updates will be posted to Front Porch Forum, the town website, and in the Shelburne News. Krohn also urges people to contact town officials if they have questions. Chris Robinson, water quality superintendent can be reached at 985-3700 or email@example.com. Krohn is at 985-5111 or firstname.lastname@example.org.