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Detour and Delays Expected Again Friday for Crossing Work

A detour for southbound traffic and delays for all drivers on Route 1A through downtown Hamilton are expected on Friday while work continues to rebuild the railroad crossing.

A detour for some drivers and delays for others are in store on Friday as repairs are scheduled to be wrapped up on the railroad crossing in downtown Hamilton.

The work is being conducted two weeks after a bicyclist got her tire stuck in a rut between the road surface and rail and was flipped over her handlebars and onto the road. She was taken by ambulance to the hospital with minor injuries.

Workers from Massachusetts Bay Railroad Co., which runs the commuter rail service for the MBTA, came out that day to make temporary repairs but soon afterward agreed that an entire remake was needed for the crossing.

The repairs to the crossing started on Wednesday at 12 a.m. and lasted until about 3:30 p.m.

While the work was originally planned to go until noon on Wednesday, it ran over by a bit while the surface was given time to set up, according to Hamilton Police Lt. Scott Janes.

Workers completed installing new material on the northbound side of the railroad crossing on Route 1A (Bay Road) at Walnut Road on Wednesday. During that work, northbound drivers were detoured around on Railroad Avenue, Willow and Asbury streets and traffic was not allowed to turn left from Walnut Road to Route 1A. On Friday, the work will shift to the southbound side of the road.

“They are going to repeat the same process at midnight Thursday (night) into Friday morning,” Janes said.

That will mean that traffic headed southbound on Route 1A will heave to turn right at Asbury Street, between Patton Park and the Community House, and head west on Asbury Street, south on Willow Street and east on Linden Street into Wenham to get around the work area and continue on Route 1A.

A map showing the detour route for southbound traffic is attached to this story as an image.

There will be a police officer stationed on both the north and south side of the crossing on Route 1A, Janes said. Plus at rush hour, starting at 5 a.m., an officer will also be at the intersection of Asbury Street and Route 1A.

Northbound traffic will be allowed to pass through the crossing, although traffic may need to be occasionally halted at certain times, Janes said.

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