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Posted on: May 23, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Proposed MBTA Monopole Towers

The Town of Andover has been notified of the proposed installation of three monopole communication towers on MBTA property in Andover.  The monopoles are proposed to be 74 feet in height, and would provide Wi-Fi service for the Commuter Rail.  The proposed locations of the monopoles are near or adjacent to:

  • 2 Burnham Road
  • 326 Ballardvale Street
  • 49 Haverhill Street

There is an opportunity to submit comments about the impact this project could have on nearby historic properties.  This comment opportunity is known as a Section 106 review under the National Historic Preservation Act.   

Visit the project information page to view all documents and plans that the Town of Andover has received relative to this project.

To sign up to receive email updates about this project subscribe to the MBTA Monopoles email list

You may also electronically submit comments which the Town will forward to the project proponents.

UPDATE: MAY 24, 2017:  

The Town of Andover received notice from Ramaker Associates, the monopole project consultant, that the public comment period related to the Section 106 review for the proposed monopole project has been extended to June 23, 2017.  Any comments received by the Town will be compiled and submitted to Ramaker Associates and will also be forwarded to the Massachusetts Historical Commission in collaboration with our local Preservation Commission.

The Town also received additional documents relating to this project including: an Historic Property Impact Table, letters to and from the State Historic Preservation Officer, an aerial map that outlines historic properties in the viewshed, and complete Section 106 review notices.  All of these documents are available at

The Town is coordinating with MassDOT, MBTA, and Ramaker Associates to schedule a public meeting.  Details on that public meeting will be confirmed shortly. Once the meeting details are finalized, it will be posted on our website and sent out to subscribers of the MBTA monopoles newsflash. 

On Wednesday, May 31, 2017, the Andover Preservation Commission will be holding a special meeting at 6:30 PM to consider the impact of the proposed MBTA monopole towers on the cultural and historic areas in Andover. That meeting is currently scheduled to be held on the Second Floor Conference Room at Town Offices.

Please visit for up to date information about the project, submit comments about the project, or to register to receive email notifications about the project. 

MBTA Monopole Project Web Site
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