The Town of Andover invites members of the community to attend a public forum on the recently initiated traffic study of the Elm Square intersection on Thursday, June 8 from 7:00-9:00 PM at WWI Memorial Auditorium at Doherty Middle School (50 Bartlet Street). The event will provide an opportunity for participants to learn about what the traffic study entails, its timeline, and factors that will be examined in the process. Attendees will have an opportunity to share their concerns related to the current state of the intersection and ideas for potential improvements.
Town personnel representing the Police Department, Facilities Department, Public Works, and Town Manager’s Office, representatives from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), and engineers from TEC, the firm hired by the Town to conduct the traffic study, will be on hand during the event to provide information and answer questions.
Funding for the Elm Square traffic study was approved during Annual Town Meeting on May 1, 2023. While funding approved at Town Meeting would typically not be available until July 1, Town Manager Andrew Flanagan authorized the traffic study to be initiated immediately in response to the tragic accident that resulted in the fatality of a child in Elm Square on May 9.
The Town’s consultant has already begun the collection of data associated with the intersection - the first step in the traffic study process. Following assessment of traffic operations, intersection geometry, crash data, pedestrian and vehicular movement through the intersection, public comments, and other factors, it is anticipated that the study will produce a list of recommended infrastructure projects to improve pedestrian safety and better accommodate multi-modal transportation in Elm Square.
Town officials have committed to ensuring that the Elm Square traffic study is guided with input from the community. The June 8th forum represents the first in a series of several opportunities for members of the community to participate in the process.
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