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Merrimack Valley

November 9, 2012

Accidents, other factors cause commuter woes


One driver, from West Newbury, was concerned about the safety of the roadway.

“The highway was apparently ground down last evening in preparation for paving,” Steve Shepard, of West Newbury, said in an email to The Eagle-Tribune. “However, when the crew was done the highway was simply left unswept with a layer of stone sitting in the roadway making for a very dangerous commute this morning.”

He added, “In addition to the danger, I’m sure there will be reports of many broken windshields or other damage to cars.”

State Police in Newbury said they had received no reports of broken windshields.

Another project was also slowing traffic on 495 northbound this week.

A highway crew has shut down the right lane of 495 south of the Ward Hill exit while a crew works on the underside of one of the bridge decks over the Merrimack River.

Michael Verseckes, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation Highway Division, was unable to provide information about either situations yesterday.

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