Travel resumes as Route 20 re-opens following water main break

Major roadway was re-opened in time for morning commute

PALMER, Mass. (WWLP) – North Main Street reopened Wednesday morning after a water main break closed a quarter mile stretch of Route 20 in Palmer.

“The reason the road’s closed is they’re worried about undermining,” Palmer Police Sgt. Erin Sullivan told 22News. Sgt Sullivan told 22News water initially came up through cracks in the road surface in front of the Dunkin Donuts at 1559 North Main Street. Police closed the road around 4:30 Tuesday afternoon. The Dunkin Donuts is closed.

North Main Street, Route 20 was closed between Thorndyke Street, Route 32, and Shaw Street, which is a dead-end street. Traffic was detoured off Route 20 at Route 181, north onto Route 32 and then back around to Route 181.

The Palmer Water Department dug out a section of of Route 20, and was pumping water out of the hole to determine the scope of the problem and to make a plan for repairs.

A number of Palmer residents and businesses in the vicinity of the water main break temporarily lost water service.

Neighbors patiently waited for their water to come back on.

Rocky Blazejowski told 22News, “There’s nothing you can do. Whether you feel good about it or bad, it happens. The pipes are old. And until they’re fixed, you have to just deal with it.”

Right now, there’s no projected time to complete the repairs.

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