Geyser and Uncommon Rainbow Wreak Havoc on Thursday’s Rush Hour Traffic

Bedford Common's very own rainbow - Image (c) Robert Dorer, 2015, all rights reserved
Bedford Common’s very own rainbow – Image (c) Robert Dorer, 2015, all rights reserved

By Julie McCay Turner

The column of water was taller than the trees on Bedford Common - Image (c) Robert Dorer
The column of water was taller than the weather vane atop First parish, and the trees on Bedford Common – Image (c) Robert Dorer, 2015, all rights reserved

An explosive noise preceded the geyser of water that shot into the sky from Bedford Common, shortly before 5 pm on Thursday afternoon.

According to Town Engineer Adrienne St. John, Bedford replaced all of the sprinklers on Town-owned land to above-ground, computer-controlled irrigation systems that can be controlled from a single location at the DPW last fall.

Read about the change https://www.thebedfordcitizen.org/2014/07/18/irrigation-improvements-coming-to-bedford-fields/

The component that failed had only been in operation for  a few weeks. The control box that failed is located along Maple Street near the corner of South Road. Fortunately, the system is under warranty and the contractor has been notified.

Rush hour traffic in and around Bedford Center was affected. According to one observer, cars were stacked up along Concord Road from Hartwell Road to Wilson Park.

Water Department workers, turning off the irrigation system's water supply - Image (c) Robert Dorer, 2015, all rights reserved
Water Department workers, turning off the irrigation system’s water supply – Image (c) Robert Dorer, 2015, all rights reserved

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