Seeker move will close Beach Road 5 am, Tuesday

Martha’s Vineyard DOT superintendent Ed Panek watched as a crew prepared the Seeker to be hauled up Beach Road early Tuesday morning. — Photo by Nelson Sigelman

Beach Road in Vineyard Haven is expected to be closed between Five Corners and the Lagoon drawbridge from about 5 until 6 am on Tuesday so crews can tow Seeker, the 90-foot-long, 24-foot-wide unfinished wooden scow schooner, from the lot next to The Times building east to a lot on Beach Road in front of warehouses owned by Ralph Packer.

The move was originally scheduled to begin at 8:30 am Tuesday morning. A sign cautioned people to expect traffic delays beginning at 9 am. Concerned about the disruption of traffic flow at that time, local officials pressed the state Department of Transportation (DOT), which is responsible for permitting the move, to reschedule the move at an earlier hour.

DOT Island superintendent Edward Panek spoke to his superiors and convinced them that an early morning move would be the best scenario. Mr. Panek said state police will be out redirecting traffic during the move, which he said should not take more than one hour.