MassDOT crews have worked around the clock since last Wednesday to replace a collapsed culvert under Route 119 in Littleton. The road is closed. The culvert drains Spectacle Pond. The collapse blocked water flow from the Pond, causing the water to rise.
MassDOT estimates Route 119 will remain closed until at least mid-next week while crews work to replace the culvert, which is 20 feet under the roadway.
As of Monday morning, MassDOT was pumping approximately 20,000 gallons per minute, left, with five pumps to alleviate flooding conditions and prevent the road from being undermined. By the end of today, with two additional pumps from Michigan expected to arrive, MassDOT will be pumping 64,000 gallons per minute.
The flooding is having the most impact on the Town of Ayer’s water supply, with one of its wells located next to Spectacle Pond and impacted by the flooding. Voluntary evacuations were ordered in Littleton on Sunday for 12 houses in the area due to flooding.
MassDOT has been coordinating very closely with town officials since Wednesday. MassDOT Highway Administrator Luisa Paiewonsky was on-site Monday morning meeting with town emergency officials to assess the situation and check on the hard work ongoing by MassDOT crews.