EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

Latest News

May 7, 2013

Traffic pattern change on South Central Street in Bradford begins tomorrow

HAVERHILL — A controversial plan to convert a stretch of South Central Street to one-way traffic goes into effect tomorrow, despite the objections of city councilors, as well as residents and businesses in that part of the city.

Beginning at approximately 5:30 a.m., South Central Street between Central Square and South Chestnut Street will be restricted to one-way, eastbound traffic. In conjunction with the change, new traffic signals at the intersection of Route 125 (South Main Street) with South Central Street, Ferry Street and South Pleasant Street will be placed into flashing mode, according to state transportation officials.

Since last summer, the City Council has voted three times to oppose the change while business owners and people who live near the square rallied against the plan at several public meetings.

Merchants and property owners have said the change would hurt business and lower real estate values, while residents expressed concerns it will lead to more traffic on narrow residential streets behind the square because of motorists seeking other ways to reach Route 125.

City Councilor Robert Scatamacchia said the council recently asked the state to keep the traffic pattern on South Central two-way. He said the state informed the city that the change to one-way travel would be taking place and that it was based on traffic safety studies based on the redesigned Central Square.

“I don’t agree with the state,” Scatamacchia said. “Making South Central Street one-way will cause more problems than it will solve.”

Restricting traffic to one-way on a stretch of South Central Street is part of the state’s massive reconstruction of Route 125, which included redesigning and rebuilding Central Square for improved traffic flow. State officials have said keeping South Central Street two way, once the new traffic light is activated, would cause Route 125 to back up all the way to Salem Street near Bradford Common during peak traffic times in the late afternoon.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Latest News

AP Video
Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage
Photos of the Week