Autumn in the North Cemetery.

Sixty miles west of Boston, Massachusetts there is the small New England town of Sturbridge. Located at the junction of I-90 (The Mass Pike), and I-84 it has become known as the "Crossroads of New England". The town was first settled over 300 years ago, and like other small New England towns it has grown just enough over the years to be in a difficult place today. How do we embrace the future without forgetting how we got to our present? How do we attract the right kind of growth, and maintain who we are? And, what about our culture out here in Central Massachusetts?

These pages will cause one to think about how to protect what we have, our future direction, and how to move on in the very best way.

Those thoughts, and other ramblings, will hopefully inspire more thought, conversation, action, and occasionally a smile...

...seems to be working so far

Monday, September 7, 2009

Ma!! They Done Blowed Up Main Street!!

Holy Blasting Caps! The private construction company that is laying new water pipe on Route 131 has been issues a cease and desist order from the state for blowing up the road.

Well, not exactly blowing up the road in the true sense, but darn near close! They have been accused of improper blasting techniques which led to severe heaving of the road bed.

Severe heaving?

The road is a foot higher on the southbound side than it is on the north side!

Apparently there is a lot of ledge under the roadway, and explosives were needed to get through it all and lay the pipe, however it looks as the Master Blaster didn't calculate the need of explosives that well, or the ledge was over calculated. Either way, what is left is a major mess that the company has been ordered to fix pronto.

One would think that after heaving maybe 20, or 50 feet of the roadway after a blast that a recalculation would be in order, but no, they continued on for well over 1500 feet!

Boys and their toys. Sometimes just blowing something up is a lot more fun than doing the math. I'm not saying that this is the case in this particular instance, but what else would be their reason for screwing up repeatedly?

I guess that will be discussed fully as time goes on, in the meantime, they will fix the road bed, re-dig the pipe trenches and fill them correctly. It's like starting over without the blasting. They've got to move fast, though. The cold weather is coming soon, and this job has just doubled in size.

If anyone has an old stump in their yard that they see from their window everyday, give this company a call, they'll blast it real good. Of course, you won't be able to view where the stump used to be from your window any longer because your house will have moved to Southbridge.

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