Mountain Road closure ignored by some

EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s an important road that closes for nearly every major winter storm, but that doesn’t stop some people from trying to travel it anyway.

Mountain Road (Route 141) connecting Easthampton and Holyoke is a steep, winding road that became too dangerous to plow until after the storm.

There were signs and barricades to indicate the road was closed, but that didn’t stop many vehicles from trying to use the road regardless.

Easthampton Mayor Karen Cadieux told 22News that she had a report of at least 15 vehicles ignoring the closure.

“When we get reports like that, the police follow up on it and then crews. And if they see tire tracks, they actually go up it to make sure nobody got stranded. So, they’re not only putting themselves at risk, they’re putting other people at risk, too,” Cadieux said.

Cadieux said that the city lost three highway crews to budget cuts. They also were down a plow, so one had to be leased. She estimated storm plowing costs at about $40,000.

Mountain Road re-opened to vehicle traffic on Friday morning.

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