Work to restart on Route 12 south of Charlestown

Published: 4/20/2022 11:21:43 PM
Modified: 4/20/2022 11:20:26 PM

CHARLESTOWN — Reconstruction of about 700 feet of Route 12 that has been closed since last summer resumed on Monday, and state officials anticipate reopening the road in late May.

According to information provided by Eileen Meaney, Chief Communications Officer with the state Department of Transportation, the state and New England Central Railroad agreed on a new design on April 13 that will allow for the road to be rebuilt on a temporary basis while a permanent solution is researched.

The road, a main route between Charlestown and Keene, was closed in early August after heavy rains washed under the pavement, causing it to settle. The close proximity of the train tracks, which sit on an embankment just east of the road, complicated the rebuilding of the road. Engineers said at the time the embankment needed to be stabilized before work on rebuilding the road could begin. Soil nail wall construction, which would have created a concrete wall several feet deep to stabilize the embankment, had to be halted in early March because of high water and movement of the embankment.

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