Lambert’s Cove Road reopens at Smith Brook

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Guard rails were installed on Lambert's Cove Road on Monday. – Rich Saltzberg

Updated Feb. 18

Tisbury formally opened Lambert’s Cove Road at the Smith Book Culvert Tuesday following extensive emergency work. The roadway informally opened Monday night and was what Kirk Metell, Tisbury facilities manager and acting department of public works director, called “passable.” 

The site has now been cleaned up, he said, and all that remains to complete the project is a paving job. Metell said that work is dependent on when area asphalt plants open. The earliest he expects is March. 

Tisbury closed the road in early December following the discovery of water erosion and a small sinkhole. Further investigation revealed another sinkhole and a collapsed culvert. Tapping emergency funds, the town dedicated itself to the task of completely rebuilding the culvert along with a headwall. 

Crews from Luciano’s Excavating, the town’s contractor, worked through the long weekend to finish the lion’s share of that work and bring the project to a point where the road could be safely reopened. On Presidents’ Day afternoon, those crews finished installing a wooden guardrail, and DPW workers did some mop-up work the next morning.