Cheshire roads damaged in deluge reopen Thursday


CHESHIRE -- One of two roads that were closed since last week’s torrential downpours has reopened and the other is expected to be open by late Thursday.

Total cost of the repairs is estimated to be about $250,000.

Windsor Road and state Route 116 (Savoy Road) have been impassable since the storm of June 25 dumped up to 5 inches of rain on parts of the Berkshires.

Cheshire Highway Superintendent Peter LeFebvre said Windsor Road, which was closed just east of Jenks Road, was open to traffic on Thursday.

"The biggest problem there was pipe failure," he said. "We had water going over the top of the road. It was compounded by a beaver damn letting go upstream."

A hole in the road at the time of closure was approximately 28 feet long and 25 feet wide, he estimated.

A culvert 4 feet in diameter, which carried water beneath the road, was replaced with a 5-foot pipe, he said. The department is still adding up bills, he said, but he estimated the total cost to be "in the lower half of $50,000."

A section of Route 116 between Henry Wood Road and Fales Road was scheduled to reopen by 10 p.m. Thursday, according to Michael Verseckes, deputy communications director with the state Department of Transportation (MassDOT). The heavy rains undermined the pavement and caused a 6-foot culvert to be washed out.

The District 1 design team and construction staff assessed the damage and developed an expedited repair procedure, he said.

"Work was approved to begin on July 1, and got under way at 5 p.m. the same day," he wrote in an email on Thursday. "At this time, our cost estimate for the repairs is approximately $200,000."

Contractor J.H. Maxymillian, Inc. of Pittsfield worked "around the clock," he said. The funds came from a districtwide road repair contract, which sets aside money for emergency purposes.

"Following the reopening of the roadway, there will be subsequent repairs that are needed: guardrail upgrades, and final paving will be done once the paving ongoing now has time to properly cure," Verseckes wrote.

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