The town of Tisbury is closing a portion of Lambert’s Cove Road in the area of Smith Brook after it was washed out in Monday’s torrential downpours.
“We’re closing it until we can get a structural engineer to evaluate,” town administrator Jay Grande told The Times. “It’s completely undermined.”
The town is closing the road out of an abundance of caution, he said, noting that there is more predicted rain for the area, which could further undermine it.
The town is urging motorists to find an alternate route around that area until it can be fixed.
DPW director Kirk Metell told The Times a motorist noticed a small sinkhole on the road shoulder earlier in the day. When a crew came out to investigate, he said they found the roadway was deeply undermined. An adjacent culvert is slated for replacement, he said, so the work done to shore up the road will be temporary. Tisbury Police will close Lambert’s Cove Road from Smith Brook to Lower Makonikey.
Rich Saltzberg contributed to this report. – Ed.