Rep. Lewis Requests Update on Flood-Prone Route 9 Intersection

FRAMINGHAM – For decades, the intersection of Route 9 at Route 126 in Framingham has flooded. It is a state-owned and state-maintained 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.

In July 2019, 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.

This week, State Rep. Jack Patrick Lewis, who represents Ashland & Framingham, requested an update on the project from MassDOT.

MassDOT sent this response below, which Rep. Lewis emailed to SOURCE on August 1.

“The MassDOT Highway Division District Three office is following up with you regarding your recent inquiry on the status of the drainage improvements at the intersection of Rte. 9/Rte. 126 in Framingham

As you know, the proposed project is contingent on moving the existing MassDOT salt shed from this location.  The District currently anticipates that the salt shed relocation will take place in 2020/2021.   As this project moves forward, the District Project Development section will work in tandem to advance the design of the drainage improvements. This will allow for the drainage improvements to begin after the salt shed work is completed.

In the interim, District Maintenance personnel have been tasked with completing a thorough review of the entire Rte. 9 EB/WB  Framingham corridor to ensure all catch basins are cleaned of any debris.

The response from MassDOT basically means that work to fix the intersection can not happen until after the salt shed is moved, which may happen in 2020 or in 2021.

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: Phone: 508-315-7176

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