FRAMINGHAM – Yesterday, Framingham was hit with a torrential rain storm in the middle of the afternoon that forced the closure of Route 9 in both directions, at the intersection of Route 126.
For decades, the intersection of Route 9 and Route 126 has flooded in Framingham, with heavy rains.
This month alone, Framingham Police have had to close that intersection, which is maintained by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Route 9 is a state-owned road.
In March of 2017, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts approved a design phase for improvements to that troublesome intersection, near Massachusetts State Police headquarters and MEMA headquarters in Framingham.
SOURCE wrote an update on the project in September 2018, and the intersection was still in the design phase.
Yesterday, July 11, a spokesperson for MassDOT said the project is still in the “preliminary design phase.”
The estimated $2.875 million project involves construction of two detention basins located in the cloverleaf areas west of Route 126, north and south of Route 9.
The existing Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) salt shed will be relocated approximately 3 miles east on Route 9 in Framingham, as part of the project.
The detention basin system may be modified with a medium sized pump station to increase their efficiency and further reduce the frequency of flooding, according to MassDOT.
“Future scheduling information is not yet available,” said the MassDOT spokesperson.
Photo from the intersection flooding in September 2015