Published in the January 4, 2018 edition


 NORTH READING — Due to the snowstorm forecasted for Thursday afternoon and evening, the abutters’ meeting regarding the installation of sidewalks on Haverhill Street scheduled for tonight (Jan. 4 at 6 p.m.) at Town Hall has been postponed. It has been rescheduled to Thursday, January 11 at 6 p.m. in room 14.

The town was awarded a $384,000 grant from the state under its “Complete Streets” program and funds from this grant will be earmarked to construct a sidewalk along the westerly side of Haverhill Street, across from Foley Drive up to North Street. Abutters to the project were mailed invitations to attend the informational meeting by the town in mid-December.

Efforts by both Town Planner Danielle McKnight and Town Engineer Mike Soraghan were instrumental in obtaining this grant, according to Town Administrator Michael Gilleberto. When completed, existing gaps in sidewalk access along Haverhill Street to the center of town will be completed.

Gilleberto added that funding for this project from the state Department of Transportation was made possible by the town’s adoption of a complete streets policy. He said that the town also received $16,000 to purchase a radar speed reader and three “feedback” speed signs.