Drivers will continue to be detoured around a section of Route 114 at the Danvers-Peabody line into the rush hour as work continues to repair several utility poles that came down in a wind storm on Thursday morning.
The good news? Almost all of the electric customers that were without power earlier in the day have their power back. But workers continue to “set” the damaged poles, as of 4 p.m. That means about a one-third mile stretch of road is blocked to through traffic and is being detoured.
“We’ve haven’t set all the poles yet,” said Randi Holland at Peabody Municipal Light Plant. Workers from other utilities were called in to help expedite the restoration of power and make the repairs.
The remaining customers without power – 23 – were all near Andover Street (Route 114) and Mt. Pleasant Drive in Peabody.
Peabody Police Det. Michael Crane said all five of the lanes were closed as of 4 p.m. and he expected the detour to continue through at least 6 p.m.
For westbound traffic, drivers were being sent down Walter Road, just past Century House restaurant to MacArthur Boulevard in Danvers and back to Route 114 across from the shopping plaza at 300 Andover St.
Eastbound drivers were being sent up Palmer Avenue to MacArthur Avenue in Danvers and Walter Road and back to Route 114. There were small backups reported as of 4 p.m. and congestion was expected to continue through the evening rush hour.