June 05, 2020

Spill causes slick road conditions

An unknown contractor apparently dumped about 7 tons of mud-clay fill on the Hogan Road Sunday morning, causing slick driving conditions and a massive cleanup effort by the city’s public works crew.

Ken Devine, public works foreman, said the cleanup took about three hours and cost about $1,500. The roadway was clean by mid-afternoon following traffic tie-ups that stretched the length of the spill — about half a mile.

Devine said a contractor apparently dumped one portion of the fill near the southbound entrance to Interstate 95, then proceeded west along the Hogan Road, dumping another load at the intersection of Stillwater Avenue and Hogan Road.

“They took off, whoever it was,” said Devine whose crew endured the angry taunts of motorists who had to drive in one lane only during the entire cleanup process.

The mud-clay material spread across three lanes of the highway creating a slick, grease-like surface, Devine said. Two front-end loaders were dispatched to scrape up the material. Public works employees set up signs and limited driving to one lane on the busy city thoroughfare.

Some motorists shouted insults then drove through safety cones set up to guide the traffic away from the spill, according to Devine.

“We were only trying to save accidents, save lives,” Devine said.

After the cleanup a water truck was sent to the site, and about 3,000 gallons of water was used to wash the surface clean.

Police investigated the incident but no citations were issued.

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