4 days ago


MassDOT Advisory: #SalemMA

Ramp from Bridge Street to North Street will be closed during overnight hours beginning on March 18th

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has announced that the ramp from Bridge Street to North Street in Salem will be closed overnight for a period of three weeks beginning Monday, March 18, 2019. The ramp will be closed Monday through Thursday from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Traffic will be detoured along Bridge Street for an additional 750 feet to the signalized ramp to North Street.

These temporary off-peak traffic impacts are necessary to allow crews and contractors to safely and effectively perform bridge repair operations.

Signs, traffic control devices and law enforcement details will be used to guide drivers through the work zone. MassDOT encourages drivers to reduce speed and use caution while approaching and traveling through the work zone and to allow for extra time through this area. All work is weather dependent and is subject to change without notice.

The work is being conducted as part of a $1.7 million project to perform bridge deck repairs and other related work.

For more information on traffic conditions travelers are encouraged to:

• Dial 511 and select a route to hear real-time conditions.
• Visit, a website which provides real-time traffic and incident advisory information, and allows users to subscribe to text and email alerts for traffic conditions.
• Follow MassDOT on Twitter @MassDOT to receive regular updates on road and traffic conditions.
• Download MassDOT’s GoTime mobile app and view real-time traffic conditions before setting out on the road.

3 weeks ago


To help improve the functionality and reliability of City infrastructure in the area, City of #SalemMA will be replacing sewer and stormwater pipes on Federal Street (from Flint Street to Kelleher Way) (a 3 week project, weather permitting); and replacing sewer, stormwater, and water pipes on Fowler Street and lining the existing sewer pipe on North Pine Street (a 4 month project, weather permitting). Work hours for all of the components of this project are 7am-3:30pm. A neighborhood meeting for abutters to the project has been scheduled for Monday, March 4, at 6:30 pm, at City Hall Annex, 98 Washington Street, 1st floor meeting room, in Salem. ...

4 weeks ago


Advisory: Newburyport
Commuter Rail Line Overnight Work
February 24 and 25

Work will occur from Boston to #SalemMA 10 p.m.-6 a.m.

MassDOT and the MBTA are undertaking federally mandated Positive Train Control (PTC) infrastructure installation which will increase the safety of commuter rail customers and would like to advise the community of the of overnight systems testing within the right-of-way along the MBTA Newburyport Commuter Rail Line. This overnight work is necessary to avoid service interruptions by taking advantage of track time when the trains will not be operating.

Activities by the PTC Systems Integrator Ansaldo STS USA, Inc. are anticipated to occur overnight on February 24 and overnight February 25 along the MBTA Newburyport Commuter Rail Line from Boston to Salem. Work will occur as necessary between approximately 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Due to the equipment necessary to perform this work, light to mild noise levels can be expected. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

For further information regarding PTC please visit:

We appreciate your patience as the MBTA takes this important step in making the railways safer for customers with the implementation of the PTC program. Should you have any questions please feel free to contact the PTC program at 617-721-7506 or

4 weeks ago


The City of #SalemMA has been notified by National Grid that they will be replacing the gas main on Fowler Street and North Pine Street between February 20 and April 12, weather permitting. This work will also include replacing the gas service pipes that connect customers' meters to the main. The information below has been provided by National Grid and, if you are one of the 44 impacted premises in the work area, you should receive a copy of it from the company directly.


What can I expect during this project? (Phases listed are typical, but may vary depending on the job).
• PHASE 1: includes mark outs of utilities within the street within the project scope.
• PHASE 2: National Grid and/or our qualified contractor crew will conduct the necessary work on the gas main within the street.
• PHASE 3: Once the main work is complete, crews will begin coordinating the service line work. Affected residents and business owners will be contacted by a member of the crew at least 24-48 hours in advanced so that the work on their service line can be coordinated. This work typically takes one day to complete, and the owner may be asked to provide National grid access during construction. A trained technician of National Grid will relight your gas appliances once the work on the service line is complete. Every National Grid employee carries a photo ID card and any contractor doing work for us is also required to carry ID.
• PHASE 4: The crew will begin closing out the project and will restore the area to in accordance with all regulations and permits.
Note: If you are not a customer and do not have a natural gas service line, Phase 3 is for notification only.

Who should I contact if I smell gas on the street or in my home during the project?
Please call 1-800-233-5325 immediately from a safe location outside your home or from a neighbor’s home.

Will my meter be affected by the project?
Some main replacement projects do require the crew to move the meters. If the letter you received indicates that your meter will be moved as part of the project, a representative from National Grid will assess the work that is needed at your location.

If it’s part of this project, why will my meter have to be moved outside?
Moving the meter outside helps to improve safety and also allows easier access for National Grid to access the meter in the future.

What if my meter is already outside?
If your meter is already outside your service may still be interrupted for a brief period of time.

If I cannot be home during the proposed construction dates, may I make alternative arrangements for the crews to access my home?
You can coordinate a time with the crew foreman.

Why are there no crews working when construction is scheduled to begin today?
Last minute schedule changes are sometimes possible. If there is a long-term schedule change, National Grid will notify your local Department of Public Works and will also send you additional communications.

If questions arise while the crew is working on the street, who can I contact?
You may ask to speak with the crew foreman or you can call the National Grid representatives number provided on the project notification letter.

Will I be able to park on the street during construction?
Restriction notifications posted throughout the designated work zone and crews will notify residents if temporary parking restrictions will be required.

There are road closure signs on my street. Will I be able to get to my house?
At times there may be restricted access but every effort will be made to allow residences access to their homes during construction. You may approach the crew foreman or flag person if you require additional information.

1 month ago


Open house with developer of 355-378 Highland Avenue in #SalemMA
Monday, February 25, 2019
Drop in any time between 5:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Salem High School library, 77 Willson Street, Salem



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