Water main work will close the intersection of Locust Street and Main Street to through traffic next week.

As part of the Route 28 water main replacement project, the town is removing a segment of the 16-inch water main on the west side of Locust Street and replacing it with a 16 by 16 tee valve, with a new 16-inch pipe that will run across Locust Street and down Main Street. In order to do this work, Contractor C.C. Construction of Dennis will need to excavate around a gas line and two existing water mains and drains.

This work need to be done during the daytime and Locust Street and its intersection with Main Street will be closed to through traffic from 7 AM to 5 PM on Tuesday, October 15, and Wednesday, October 16. It is possible the work will continue into Thursday. The area will remain open to local traffic.

“We realize this is a significant disruption and we ask you to share this notice with any and all entities that you believe could be impacted and would need to know about ahead of time,” Water Department Superintendent Stephen D. Rafferty said. “Once again, thank you all for your patience and understanding as we continue to make and maintain progress on this water main installation.”

A detour will be set up during those times. Driving south, this detour will take drivers down Katharine Lee Bates Road to Shore Street, then Shore Street to Surf Drive, where they will turn onto Mill Road to access Locust Street.

This detour can accommodate truck traffic.

The work on Locust and Main streets is part of the town’s efforts to replace approximately 3.5 miles of water main underneath Route 28 between Palmer Avenue and Ox Bow Road. The existing 10-inch-diameter water main was installed in 1898.

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