Delays Expected With Route 6 Construction [Nor'easter Blues]

Detour Sandwich!

Get ready for some fat traffic jams as the Route 130 and Rte 6 (exit 2) interchange is reconstructed. Exit 2 off Route 6 West will be closed until friggin' May. The fun started today.

I can sort of laugh this off, as I live on the Buzzards Bay side and don't have to cross the bridges much. Anywhere I have to go in Sandwich, I'd use back roads anyhow.

Now, I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawer with map stuff, and I've already got Buddha-blessed this morning... but I'll do my best to explain it to you. If I get something wrong, email me at [email protected], and I'll see what we can do to fix it.

The status quo wasn't happening. Cars have to come off Route 6 and do a near-circle before merging with Rte 130. You sort of have to get in where you fit in, and it is widely considered to be Sandwich's worst intersection. It has spawned numerous accidents, including a recent Easter Sunday crash that killed the parents of two children.

They are going to add a stoplight there, which will slow things down in a safe way. You'll end up with more gridlock, but less Fatalities. In order to do so, they have to close the westbound ramp for Exit 2 off of Route 6. They will keep it closed until May 1st if need be. You can still use the Rte 6 eastbound exit.

Traffic will be diverted at Exit 3 (Quaker Meetinghouse Road), and sent along the Service Road, which runs along Route 6. You'd hook up with Rte 130 a bit south of where you'd normally do so. I'm not sure if they plan to let you go 60 mph on Service Road, but you can try to if you feel like it.

This closed exit serves the area that hosts the Sandwich Historical Village, as well as the Sandwich Town Hall.

Work was delayed by winter, and will be stopped before Tourist season. It will start up again in the Autumn, and run through May 2013. The work is part of a $1.8 million reconstruction of the intersection.

I'm sure that this item will be in the news again as traffic piles up. We'll keep you updated.

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