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Mass. Stymied at Cleaning Highway Paint Spill


SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (WGGB/AP) — Two months after a state highway truck spilled yellow paint on a local highway, big patches of yellow paint exist along a section of Route 202 while the state works to figure out an effective way to clean the paint.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation says a broken hose is to blame for about 100 gallons of paint that spilled onto Route 202 on May 1.

Mike Sullivan, South Hadley’s Town Administrator, told ABC40 that the streak extends from the South Hadley rotary, all the way to the intersection of Linden and Hampden Streets on the Holyoke side of the bridge, where much of the spill occurred and ended.

Because the spill occurred on a state road, Sullivan says that local city and town DPW crews aren’t authorized to clean it or fix the issue.

MassDOT says initial attempts to power wash the spill failed. An agency spokesman says the necessary proper water pressure was causing the road surface to crack and break.

Sullivan adds that MassDOT has indicated that the spilled paint will eventually wear out, so there is no rush to fix the issue.

MassDOT spokesperson Mike Verseckes told the Daily Hampshire Gazette that the state agency is seeking cost-effective proposals to remove the paint by alternative means that will not damage the road.

Information from The Daily Hampshire Gazette and the Associated Press was used in this report.

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