No significant traffic delays are anticipated and the mayor is predicting the entire project will be complete by June 30.
Friday, April 5, 2013
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Planting trees, redoing sidewalks on the other side of the street and the actual lane reconfiguration on Main Street will have to wait until springtime.
City officials say construction on Main Street has wrapped up for the season, so theoretically the commute through the downtown should be a little easier now. Community Development Director Karen Sawyer said on Tuesday that due to the colder weather setting in, the project will pause for the winter and resume again in the spring. Sawyer said the project has reached the point where it was expected to be at given the seasonal weather. So far, workers have torn up and replaced the sidewalk on the northerly side of the street all the way down to CVS, generally widening it and installing brick pavers, along with "bump outs" near crosswalks. Orange barrels dot the length of the street, covering patches of dirt where new trees will be planted. …
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
The project is just one big step in a series of steps to begin the momentum of revitalizing Downtown Peabody, according to city officials.
Mayor Ted Bettencourt told a sizeable crowd of local officials, project consultants and interested residents Tuesday morning outside the Main Branch library he was "thrilled" to stand there with them and celebrate the official groundbreaking on reconstruction of Main Street. Bettencourt said the project is one of the first building blocks toward revitalizing Peabody Square and the rest of the downtown. "For many years, Peabody Square has struggled to find its identity," he said. "Many people have referred to Main Street simply as a cut-through to Salem or Marblehead. That is not acceptable, and the city of Peabody is committed to the goal of making the downtown an attractive, bustling area for both commercial and residential." Former Mayor…
Friday, October 5, 2012
A male pedestrian was taken to the hospital with serious injuries Thursday evening.
A male pedestrian was transported to Mass. General Hospital in Boston Thursday evening after being struck by a car on Main Street. The incident was reported to police at 6:32 p.m. and occurred near the One Dollar Store Express. The victim, a 66-year-old Peabody man who lives on Walnut Street, was taken to the hospital with a serious head injury. The initial caller told police the man was unconscious and bleeding from his head. Police identified the driver of the green 2000 Acura as a 71-year-old Peabody man. No charges were sought at the time of the accident. Traffic in Peabody Square and major streets leading into the square backed up for a while as police investigated the accident.