Two events in Hamilton during the Memorial Day weekend – including a Memorial Day observance on Monday – could cause small interruptions to traffic flow.
On Saturday, May 27, the Melody Miles road race starts at 10 a.m. A Hamilton police detail officer will help direct drivers and runners. Drivers should expect traffic delays along Route 1A (Bay Road), Bridge Street and Woodbury Street, said Hamilton Police Lt. Scott Janes.
On Memorial Day, sections of Route 1A (Bay Road) will be closed between Hamilton Town Hall and Hamilton Cemetery between 8:45 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. for the Memorial Day Parade. In that case, drivers should expect short traffic delays and detours, Janes said.
A section of Bridge Street is closed on Thursday afternoon because a large tree limb fell and is leaning on a power line. The closure is between Miles River Road and Woodbury Street and started at about 12:30 p.m., according to Hamilton Police Officer Kent Richards.
A High Wind Warning issued by the National Weather Service is in effect until 7 p.m. on Thursday. A west wind is blowing at 15-25 miles per hour with gusts to 45-60 mph. The strong winds could blow down more trees and tree limbs and cause scattered power outages.
Two-way traffic could return to the bridge over the Miles River on Bridge Street as soon as Wednesday, according to a tentative project work schedule for this week.
Project contractors plan to have two lanes open on Bridge Street by the end of the day Wednesday, according to the project manager, Tim DeGuglielmo of Weston and Sampson.
There has been one-land traffic across the bridge since late summer while the culvert carrying the river under the road was being replaced. After both lanes are opened, National Grid still has work planned to relocate a gas main on the downstream side of the culvert on Friday. That work may take up a lane, so the bridge may temporarily return to a single lane on Friday until the National Grid work is complete.
The bridge over the Miles River on Bridge Street will be closed for eight hours on Saturday, Nov. 5.
A crane will move into place a few precast pieces as part of the culvert replacement project, which will mean the bridge will be closed from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, according to Hamilton police Lt. Scott Janes.
The crane work will complete the last section of the new culvert, according to Town Manager Michael Lombardo.
The water main running along Bridge Street that was shut off last week when the bridge was closed for a culvert replacement is expected to be turned on again Tuesday.
After the water main was shut down, some brown and discolored water was reported by residents – especially on the east side of Hamilton.
Town Manager Michael Lombardo said the bridge project engineers will work with the project contractor on Tuesday to make sure that everything is in order to turn the water main back on and then the Hamilton Water Department will turn it on, he said.
Bridge Street has is now open again to through traffic after a closure that lasted through last week.
The bridge, though, will remain open to just one lane of alternating traffic until the culvert replacement project is complete on the bridge over the Miles River. Temporary traffic lights will continue to control traffic from both directions across the bridge for about two weeks, until the project is complete.
The two accompanying photos show the new culvert being lowered into place last week, which prompted to complete closure. The new culvert replaces an old granite block culvert.
Some residents on the east side of Hamilton have reported discolored water after a water main was shut down as part of the construction project on the Miles River bridge.
The Hamilton Water Department has received several calls from residents on the east side of town reporting discolored water. It is recommended that anyone experiencing discolored water should flush an outside spigot until the water runs clear or let the system rest for several hours to allow sediment to settle and then run outside spigots to ensure the water is clear.
The Hamilton Water Department staff is assessing the situation to determine how to best respond, but the issues is related to repair work on the culvert under Bridge Street, which required shutting down a water main while construction was being completed.
“We apologize for the inconvenience, normal water service will return early next week,” said Town Manager Michael Lombardo. “Thank you for your patience.”