As workers dig in, drivers must find new ways around


Max Stutz and Tim Whitesel of Culy Construction make repairs on Main Street on the east side of Greenfield after a water line break Tuesday morning. Main Street at Spring Street will be closed through Sept. 9 as part of the Potts Ditch construction project. (Tom Russo / Daily Reporter)

Having scraped the pavement off Spring Street this week, crews have paved the way for the excavation to come. Work has progressed quickly this week as construction began on Potts Ditch. (Tom Russo / Daily Reporter)

GREENFIELD — Motorists are finding alternate routes through downtown Greenfield now that construction of Potts Ditch has closed Main Street at Spring Street.

City officials say the first phase of construction – which began Monday – is going fairly smoothly, save for an unexpected break in a water line that sent water spewing into the air Tuesday morning. The block of Main Street will be closed through Sept. 9, after which construction will continue along Spring Street.

A new tunnel is being constructed for Potts Ditch, a watershed that runs underground when it reaches the downtown district. Work will continue through fall 2015, with intermittent street closures along Grant, East and North streets and at State Streets near the post office. For updates on the project, visit

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