Flooding in Wareham brings traffic to a crawl

Aug 04, 2018
Photo by: Meghan Neely Flooding by the old 99 Restaurant in East Wareham prompted officials to close part of the Cranberry Highway.

Heavy rain prompted officials to close part of Cranberry Highway in East Wareham on Saturday, Aug. 4 due to flooding.

A flash flood warning was issued earlier in the day for both Bristol and Plymouth counties around 2:30 p.m. by the National Weather Service that remained in affect until 5:15 p.m.

Wareham has received over an inch of rain so far and another quarter of an inch is expect to fall tonight.

 

Traffic slows to a crawl after part of the Cranberry Highway floods. (Photo by: Meghan Neely)
Comments (11)
Posted by: totellthetruth | Aug 04, 2018 19:58

And this is news ? How? Its a common occurence, happens EVERY time it rains



Posted by: Society for Suppression of Noise | Aug 04, 2018 22:16

State officials closed the highway, I presume, since it's a state highway.  We've been told that the town is powerless to address traffic dangers in “Death Valley”, so isn't the town likewise unable to address dangers posed by an inch or rain?

 

If indeed town officials are able to take action to protect us citizens and our visitors from occasional but regular rainwater hazards, then why do they act powerless to protect us from the daily hazards posed by idiots turning left across two oncoming lanes of traffic?



Posted by: Bluebell3333 | Aug 05, 2018 05:50

Wareham has no clout when dealing with the state. If they did Cranberry Highway would have been redesigned and rebuilt many years ago. The plans are in place. It just needs to be done. There is nobody in authority in Wareham who has the abilty to negotiate a solution. I drive to Falmouth often and within the past three years I have seen both Falmouth and Bourne get extensive new state roads through their towns. The Buzzards Bay bypass road was completely milled and replaced earlier this year. Both rotaries on the cape side have been milled and replaced along with the road (rt 28 MacArthur Blvd) stretch also being done. Then beyond the Otis Rotary all the way to Falmouth Hospital has been redone in both directions. Why do these state roads get done yet Warehams death trap rd keeps getting pushed back? Because Noone in Wareham has the ability to push priorities in the state.



Posted by: Rosebud | Aug 05, 2018 08:57

To push the state, get on your phone or e-mail Marc Pacheco (who, by the way, voted himself a HUGE raise recently) and Susan Gifford.   The more of us who do it, the more effective we will be.  OUR taxes are paying their salaries!



Posted by: Steve Holmes | Aug 05, 2018 09:08

The project to basically rebuild Cranberry highway has been approved. If my memory is correct 15 million dollars is the price tag. Unlike the roads you mention Blue, there are many legal issues, with the property lines that meet the road. We were able to negotiate getting the road done, but leaving it under the ownership, and maintenance of the State. The State wanted the Town to take ownership which meant we would have to plow it and do all the maintenance. Not a good deal for the Town. I believe the project will begin this year 2018 or 2019. There are many businesses along the road opposing the project, so like anything else, the State moves forward with projects without local opposition. And if my memory is correct many of the citizens were vocal in opposition as well. Rep. Gifford has helped a great deal with getting the Town the final agreement as did Sen. Pacheco.getting through all the legal battles caused lengthy delay and added cost. It would be good for the paper to do a story on the project HINT HINT to get everyone updated and to bring some attention to it.



Posted by: Linda | Aug 05, 2018 11:35

SFSON - I remember Phylis Maynard, who delivered our newspaper in the 60's, getting killed while crossing the strip.  We called it "Death Alley".  We were promised then, that the state was going to study & fix the road...….ta.....da....never did.  The nick-name changes nothing. 

I know that the flooding in front of the old 99 is not an "old" problem.  I don't remember flooding when it was the Lobster Bowl and the "Austria Motel" sat up on the hill in back and beside it.  I am not an engineer, but wonder if the bulldozing of all that hillside changed an underground stream. 



Posted by: totellthetruth | Aug 05, 2018 19:35

Linda, If you can remember that far back-There used to be a Cranberry Bog that came out almost to the Hi-Way, just about at the edge of the Lobster Bowl property. This bog with its Main Ditch carried the runoff into a small pond behind the old Wal-Mart parking lot. With the development of the old Wal-Mart that was all levelled and bulldozed. That much smaller Pond is still there although today it is useless, except for a few homeless to take an occasional bath.

Remember the Dainty Maid?



Posted by: totellthetruth | Aug 05, 2018 19:40

Linda, If you can remember that far back-There used to be a Cranberry Bog that came out almost to the Hi-Way, just about at the edge of the Lobster Bowl property. This bog with its Main Ditch carried the runoff into a small pond behind the old Wal-Mart parking lot. With the development of the old Wal-Mart that was all levelled and bulldozed. That much smaller Pond is still there although today it is useless, except for a few homeless to take an occasional bath.

Remember the Dainty Maid?



Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Aug 06, 2018 09:37

That pond is called Dirty Ernie’s.  We used to swim in it. It was much bigger back then with much more retention volume.  The amount of impermeable surface (roofs & parking lot) was much less back then, so there was less runoff.  Basic common sense, although engineers are supposed to figure this stuff out. Now there’s more runoff into a smaller pond.  I wonder why they can’t just pipe it into the pond across the street.  It ends up there eventually and then into the Agawam  River.  Most freshwater in East Wareham flows to the Agawam.



Posted by: Steve Holmes | Aug 06, 2018 10:59

Its been a few years since I read through the Cranberry Highway project. I know some of the folks read this and sometimes chime in, so if Pete's listening, maybe he could give us the details on how they plan to deal with the flooding, I do believe some of this is addressed in the Project. If the paper did a story on this HINT HINT maybe they could be sure to get that answer in their story.



Posted by: Steve Holmes | Aug 06, 2018 11:01

99 was a good draw to that area, one of the reasons they moved was due to the flooding, so if this is not addressed in the Project plan, then the owner will have great difficulty renting this place out.



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