Route 2 culvert project in Williamstown nears completion


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WILLIAMSTOWN -- A state project to alleviate flooding in yards along Main Street, across from The Spruces, is nearing completion.

The $192,000 project, undertaken by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, has been underway since June.

Yards of homes along Main Street, just east of Luce Road, have experienced flooding after a heavy rainfall, according to Rebecca Cyr, spokesperson for Mass DOT.

Workers have installed a larger culvert under the road that will allow more water to drain from the south side of the road into the north side, onto property adjacent to The Spruces, Cyr noted. To allow for the increased water flow, workers installed a water retention area -- called an attenuation ditch -- that will hold the runoff until the storm water drainage system can catch up with the rainfall.

The attenuation ditch will keep the new runoff from furthering the flooding problems The Spruces already experiences. But because flooding at the Spruces is caused by overflow from the Hoosic River, the ditch will not alleviate that issue.

The Spruces mobile home park frequently floods as it is adjacent to the Hoosic River. The entire park is within the 100-year flood plain as mapped through the Federal Emergency Management Agency Flood Rate Insurance Panels.

Due to the history of problems there, including a devastating flood during Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, Williamstown, with the help of a FEMA Mitigation Grant, is in the process of vacating the park residences and buying the property.

To reach Scott Stafford:,
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