The Town of Andover is working actively to make Elm Square safer for all users, and is undertaking a comprehensive process to assess and implement improvements to the intersection. As part of this process, a Road Safety Audit (RSA) was recently completed in coordination with MassDOT.
During the week of August 21, the Town of Andover implemented several traffic pattern changes that were identified as priority recommendations through the RSA:
- Exclusive pedestrian phasing. Traffic will be stopped in all directions while walk signs are activated. Slip lanes will remain under YIELD TO PEDESTRIAN control as they are not signalized. This replaces the concurrent pedestrian phasing pattern previously in place.
- No turn on red signage. Right turns on red are now prohibited from North Main Street southbound and Main Street northbound. Signage reflecting this restriction has been placed at both approaches to the intersection.
- Conversation of the center travel lane on North Main Street southbound to "left turn only." An exclusive left turn lane has also been added on North Main Street northbound to allow vehicles to turn onto Pearson Street.
Please be alert to these traffic pattern changes when traveling though the intersection.
Click here for more information about the Elm Square Safety assessment process, including the full RSA report.