EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – After days of detours, Mountain Road (Route 141) in Easthampton is finally open again. Easthampton police announced the opening in a news release sent to 22News at around 3:00 Friday afternoon.
The steep roadway, which often closes during snowstorms, had been shut down since Wednesday morning when a microburst hit Mount Tom; toppling hundreds of trees. The closure caused people wishing to travel between Easthampton and Holyoke to take long detours.
Easthampton Police Capt. Robert Alberti told 22News that by late Friday morning, crews had cleared the downed trees that were in the roadway and fixed nearby utility poles. But the state Department of Conservation and Recreation (which controls Mt. Tom State Reservation), had to come in to survey damaged trees near the road, to ensure that they did not pose a danger to drivers.
The closure was anticipated to last until about 5:00 P.M., but they were able to wrap up their work in time to have the roadway open for the full afternoon and evening commute.