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September 19, 2013

Barreling down in Ballardvale; Traffic, speed spark safety concerns for neighbors

Traffic, speed spark safety concerns for neighbors

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Another option is to make Tewksbury Street a “truck exclusion” zone, meaning trucks of a certain size would no longer be allowed to use the road. Instead, they’d have to go up Andover Street to Dascomb Road to get to Interstate 93.

That’s the option DeLucia is hoping for, although several neighbors interviewed would be happy with a sidewalk.

Matt Strong, the owner of Forever Green landscaping company at the Tewksbury end of Tewksbury Street, said his drivers are advised to go slow.

”We’ve always gone slow,” he said. “We talk about it every year.”

But he said he has seen large trucks cut through the neighborhood, and that some vehicles — including cars — often go too fast. Strong said he supports the idea of widening the road.

”It’s not a big road,” he said, adding that he views himself and his company as “a steward of the street. I’m always looking after it. Many of the people on the street are our customers.”

Stapczynski said Tewksbury Street is scheduled for repaving and some widening in 2014 or 2015.

The work, he said, would be done in conjunction with water utility work, drainage improvements and the natural gas company upgrading service in the area.

He called the meeting with neighbors productive and positive, adding that plenty of opportunity for widening and sidewalks exists.

”A lot of good ideas came out of it,” he said.

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