The City of Holyoke and the Department of Water Works will be making changes on Route 202 near the Ashley Reservoir entrance as an effort to cut down on pedestrian accidents and to protect the city’s drinking water supply.
Water Department Superintendent David Conti said in a news release to 22News that new guardrails will be installed on the eastbound and westbound sides of Route 202 along with concrete barriers at the entrance of the reservoir.
The guardrails are being installed to ensure public safety, the release stated.
“With increased visitors comes more vehicular traffic creating congestion and illegal parking along Route 202,” the release stated. “HWW estimate that more than 75 percent of the vehicles visiting the Ashley Reservoir each day come from neighboring communities. Route 202 is a heavily traveled State highway, and parking along the shoulder poses a danger for motorists and pedestrians. HWW and the City are taking steps to eliminate this dangerous condition.”
Holyoke has one of the highest quality source of drinking water in the region. The water department and the city is asking the public to obey the guidelines.