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UPDATE: Bikeway Section Closing for Emergency Repairs

Emergency repairs will remedy a collapsing culvert causing a dangerous situation between Bedford Street and Hartwell Avenue.

The Town Engineers have announced that the Minuteman Bikeway between Bedford Street and Hartwell Avenue, which was closed Wednesday afternoon because of a collapsed culvert, will continue to be closed as the sinkhole repair continues. 

For public safety reasons, the Bikeway between Hartwell Avenue and Bedford Street will be closed until repairs are complete. At the present time, they estimate that this section will reopen on Thursday, May 3. 

Posted at 4:33 p.m., Wednesday, April 25.

A collapsing culvert forcing the closure a portion of the near Hartwell Avenue.

The stretch of the bikeway from Bedford Street to Hartwell Avenue will be closed Thursday, April 26 until further notice as a contractor works to repair the collapsing culvert, according to a communication from Dave Cannon, the assistant town engineer.

This closure will be 24-hours-a-day, but the trail could reopen for the weekend. 

In a post to the Lexington Yahoo Group, Selectman Deb Mauger relayed that the pavement was collapsing around a previously unidentified culvert.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the town was in the process of posting signs at both ends of the closed section of the bikeway and roping off the collapsed area.

Dan Whittet April 30, 2012 at 12:42 PM
I didn't see this in the news and began my usual commute to Hartwell Ave this morning. Many other commuters also encounteres the closed roadway signs AFTER starting down the path from any logical detour. Bicycle commuters have the same needs as automobile users, trying to get to work in a way that reduces pollution, carbon emissions and dependence on fossil fuels. If Route 95 were cosed, wouldn't there ne an alternate route arranged? Let's give bicycle commuters a little more respectr in the future, I think the town engineers could have found a way to give commuters access around the work.

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