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Peabody to hold ground-breaking ceremony for Main Street reconstruction

Posted by Ryan Mooney  October 10, 2012 11:17 AM

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A piece of construction equipment sits parked next to the torn-up sidewalk on Main Street in Peabody on Wednesday, Oct. 4.

The Main Street Realignment project has been underway for the better part of two months, with sections of sidewalk already torn up and orange barrels, cones and caution tape lining the inbound side of Main Street toward Peabody Square, and now Mayor Ted Bettencourt is inviting the public to join Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray and city officials for a ground-breaking ceremony.

The ceremony will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 10 a.m. in the Peabody Institute Library's courtyard at 82 Main Street.

The project has been billed as a way to revitalize downtown Peabody commercially by improving public safety in the area.

"This project represents an exciting new vision for downtown Peabody," Bettencourt said in a statement. "I invite all members of the community to join us on October 16 to help celebrate a new beginning and a bright Peabody future."

Members of the Chamber of Commerce and other Main Street Realignment Project stakeholders are expected to join Murray, Bettencourt and a number of city officials at the ceremony.

The $2 million project, funded by a $1.5 million grant from the state's MassWorks Infrastructure Program, and a $500,000 grant from the Peabody Community Development Authority, was approved by the city council in late September 2011, and construction began this past August.

The scope of work is focused on the area between Nichols Lane and Howley Street, with enhanced crosswalks and pedestrian "bumpouts," traffic islands, and new sidewalks. The road will be taken from two lanes down to one, with a center turning lane along parts of it, and new synchronized traffic lights will be installed.

Ryan Mooney can be reached at globe.mooney@yahoo.com. Follow him on Twitter @mooney_ryan.

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