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CORRECTED Damon Road in Northampton will be closed to through traffic for much of Aug. 9-10

Bob Clifton of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation kicks up some dust while mowing the Elwell Recreation Area on Damon Road in Northampton, September, 2013.

KEVIN GUTTING

Bob Clifton of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation kicks up some dust while mowing the Elwell Recreation Area on Damon Road in Northampton, September, 2013. KEVIN GUTTING Purchase photo reprints »

The road will be closed from the intersection of King Street and Damon Road to Industrial Drive starting at *7 a.m. Aug. 9, and is expected to re-open Aug. 10 at 7 p.m., according to a statement from the office of Mayor David Narkewicz.

The construction is part of the Knowledge Corridor Project, the $83 million high-speed passenger rail system that will link Connecticut and Vermont.

*CORRECTION: A previous version of this article gave the incorrect dates for roadwork.

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RE: FarmerLazarus' comment above // Trains will NOT be going 80 mph through the Damon Road crossing. Southbound trains will be slowing for their stop in Northampton, and Northbound trains will just be starting, from their stop in Northampton. // Also note that as part of this project new traffic lights will be installed at the intersection of Industrial Drive and Damon Road. These new lights will be synchronized with the lights at at the intersection of King Street and Damon Road AND the lights/gates at the railroad crossing so as to prevent any possibility for queuing of traffic across the the Damon Rd railroad crossing when I train is crossing.

The Gazette is doing a disservice to the community by constantly referring to this as high-speed rail service, resulting in the kind of concern expressed by FarmerLazarus and others. This will be no different than the Amtrak service between New Haven and Springfield which has been operating safely for decades and is NOT high-speed. The only high-speed rail in the northeast corridor is the Acela Express between Boston and Washington.

I am confused, is Damon Rd. going to have a railroad crossing for the proposed high speed trains? If so, isn't this a recipe for disaster having a 80 mph train travel across this roadway. Hasn't anyone suggested a tunnel or overpass to avoid a collision. The records are replete with incidents of trains crossing roadways even if there are barriers and flashing lights. These safety warnings are not fail safe. John Spineti Agawam

The information in the Gazette article is incorrect. The closure of Damon Road will occur August 9 thru August 10. The alert that was sent out by the Mayor's office Thursday afternoon appears below. It is quite clear about the dates and times of the Damon Road closure. ############### Damon Road Construction Advisory - Partial Closure Damon Road will be closed to all thru traffic starting on Saturday, August 9 at 7:00 a.m. and is expected to re-open Sunday, August 10 at 7:00 p.m. The closure is the result of upgrades to the railroad crossing between King Street and Industrial Drive as part of the Knowledge Corridor Project. The Project will bring commuter rail service to Northampton and points beyond. The road will be closed to all traffic from the intersection of King Street and Damon Road thru to Industrial Drive. For additional information, visit the Northampton Department of Public Works blog at: http://ntondpw.blogspot.com/2014/07/damon-road-construction-advisory-closure.html

Closing is actually Aug 9/10. Gazettenet & WWLP (& others?) are misreporting the date. The project hotline (617-721-7506) can confirm the actual dates.

I thought the closure is scheduled for August 9-10.

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