Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Tonight's Road Race Street Closings

Street closings, parking bans for road race

Newburyport police have announced the following street closing times for tomorrow’s annual 10-Mile and 5K road race from Newburyport High School:

Toppans Lane: 5:10 p.m. (residents only)

High Street: 5:30 p.m., eastbound traffic down North Atkinson Street, westbound down Kent Street. The area of High Street at the high school will be closed until the conclusion of the race at 9 p.m.

State Street, Merrimac Street (westbound), Market Square, Route 1 ramps and Parker Street in Newbury: 5:55 p.m.

Garden Street, West Newbury; Route 113 and Interstate 95 ramp at exit 57: 6:30 p.m.

Route 113 to Low Street and the shopping plazas: 6:35 p.m.

Three Roads Intersection: 6:40 p.m.

In addition, there will be no parking on both sides of High Street from Toppans Lane to Summit Place, on both sides of Toppans Lane from Highland Avenue to High Street, on Highland Avenue to Anna Jaques Hospital on the High Street side and on Toppans Lane from Low Street to Summit Street on the west side.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


Passed along by the Mayor....

Massachusetts Department of Transportation

For Immediate Release:                                  Contact:
Wednesday, July 25, 2012                                        Michael Verseckes, 617-973-8290




In accordance with the contract documents, MassDOT conducted a series of independent tests and inspections on July 18 of the mechanical and electrical operation systems for the newly constructed bridge carrying Main Street over the Merrimack River in Amesbury.  The testing confirmed an alignment issue that results in a portion of the mechanical systems’ operation being out of tolerance with the contract specifications. 

Based on the precision associated with the bridge’s gearing and drive system, the affected tolerances are in the range of several thousandths of an inch.  The issue does not affect the safety of the bridge but is related to future wear and tear on the bridge’s mechanical system that if not addressed, could impact the structure’s service life.

On Tuesday, July 24, the Design-Build team met with MassDOT to present their plan to adjust the mechanical components to address this issue.  MassDOT will expedite the review of the proposal to allow the contractor to implement the work as soon as possible.  The contractor expects to begin preliminary work this weekend with the primary work commencing on July 30.  The work is expected to be completed by August 6, at which time a follow-up inspection will be held to confirm that the bridge meets all of the contract requirements necessary to place it into full operation.

The bridge will remain closed to vehicular traffic while the work proceeds; however, the navigable channel will be available for marine traffic.


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Solarize Newburyport, Tuesday July 17 at 7pm

About Solarize Newburyport:
In the spring of 2012, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER), launched the 2012 Solarize Massachusetts Program with the goal of reducing the cost of small-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and increasing adoption of the technology in the selected communities.

Interested in solar for your home or small business?

“Solar 201” Meeting
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 – 7:00 pm
Newburyport City Hall Auditorium
60 Pleasant Street, Newburyport

No cost, No obligation … Just information

Hear from Solarize Newburyport’s solar installer, SunBug Solar, about how you can install a solar PV (photovoltaic) system, and learn about the special pricing for Solarize Newburyport program participants. There are options to “go solar” with a direct purchase of a solar PV system or a lease with low or no upfront costs.

You need not have attended “Solar 101” to attend this meeting -
All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

The more people that participate in the program,
the lower the cost for everyone!

For information and to sign up for a FREE solar site evaluation go to: