A stretch of Route 28 in Stoneham closed due to flooding may reopen around 7 p.m. Thursday, according to a spokesperson for Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.
"About 100-150 foot section of Rt 28 (not to be confused with 128) from Elm (Street) to the (Interstate) 93 ramp, by the Fells Reservation (the area is known as the Sheepsfold Parking Lot) is closed due to flooding," said DCR spokesperson SJ Port in an email to Stoneham Patch. "...The catch basins are draining slowly. This happens from time to time with very heavy rain but not regularly."
DCR rangers are at the scene and there are two detours – one at Elm Stree and one just after the exit onto I-93 south, according to Port.
"We are waiting on a vactor truck to clear the water faster and should have the road fully reopened in about an hour," wrote Port, which indicates the road may be reopened by around 6:45 p.m. Thursday.
"There was also a car accident on Elm (Street), unrelated (to the flooding), from what my field team says, that may be slowing traffic in the area," added Port.