Southampton Town will perform emergency repairs on Noyac Road at the Trout Pond culvert next week, and town highway superintendent Alex Gregor has requested drivers try to avoid the area, particularly on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The westbound lane of Noyac Road will be closed in the vicinity of Trout Pond those two days, though possibly later into the week, depending on how quickly the repairs can be completed, Mr. Gregor said by phone on Friday. Crews will direct traffic in one direction at a time, he said, but he said it would be easier for drivers to either avoid the area or take a detour beginning at Millstone Road.
A culvert is a water course that traverses a road underneath the surface. It can take the form of a pipe or cement structure, but in this case, Mr. Gregor said it’s an arched rock structure that allows water to flow north into Mill Creek.
“The culvert is collapsing. It’s old, very old — it dates back to the mid-to-late 1800s,” he said. “We’re asking for the public’s patience and to try to work with us. This can’t be delayed.”
Signs advising people of the upcoming repairs are posted in the area and announcements will also be made on the WLNG radio station, Mr. Gregor said.