CHARLEMONT -- Route 2 east of Florida will be closed for an estimated two weeks in early November due to a culvert replacement project.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is conducting a full replacement of the culvert adjacent to Mohawk Trail between both intersections of Burrington Road.
The closure will force commuters on Rt. 2, a main artery that connects Charlemont to North Adams, to reroute using Burrington Road. The detour doesn't add any extra miles, but comes with a slower speed limit.
Trucks will be forced to take wider roads, specifically routes 112, 116, and 8 to avoid the construction, adding significant time and miles to their travel. A truck traveling between Charlemont and North Adams would see its route increase by approximately 10 miles each way.
The truck detour will be the same used after Hurricane Irene destroyed much of Rt. 2 in 2011.
The culvert replacement project began earlier this year, but was shut down in June.
"During the installation of an earth-retaining system, different subsurface conditions prevented the system from being fully and properly installed," said Michael Verseckes, a MassDOT spokesman.
MassDOT had planned to complete the work in two stages to avoid a full road closure. Originally, only one lane would close and a traffic signal would be used to direct vehicles.
But the road had to be completely closed due to problems with the earth-retaining system, according to Verseckes.
MassDOT officials will update town officials Monday on the revised plan.
Work should begin during the first full week of November, according to Verseckes.
MassDOT expects "it to take a full two weeks" for Rt. 2 to be reopened to traffic.
The $1.22 million project is slated for completion in Spring of 2014, months after an original goal of November 2013.
The Cheshire Board of Selectmen expressed concern at a meeting Tuesday that additional truck traffic on Route 116 could cause damage to the road, which was also being considered for repairs by the state.