Power Outage Planned for Some Neighborhood for Evening of Aug. 8

national gridAn eight hour long overnight power outage is scheduled in one Hamilton neighborhood in early August, National Grid has informed the town of Hamilton.

The outage will allow National Grid crews to safely make improvements to its electrical distribution system.

The outage is scheduled to start on Tuesday, Aug. 8 at 11 p.m. and last until 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 9 and affect upper Asbury Street and a portion of Asbury Grove.

Specifically, power will be cut to 353-656 Asbury Street, 13-21 Essex Ave., 20 Hedding Ave., 464 Highland St. and 3-4 Sharon Road.

More than one week’s notice is being provided so that residents in the area can plan ahead and “make any necessary provisions to minimize discomfort” from the outage, according to National Grid.

The work could be rescheduled if there is inclement or extreme weather that day. If it is rescheduled, it would happen the next day at the same time.

Anyone with questions should contact National Grid directly at 1-800-322-3223.

Driver Alert: Weekend Road Closures Planned at Railroad Crossings

IMG_20170719_120517The two railroad crossings in downtown Hamilton will be separately closed to vehicles during the next two weekends for track work.

During the closures, the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority will repair and replace the train tracks at the crossings.

The work will start at the Asbury Street crossing near Bay Road, which will be closed to vehicles at 9 p.m. on Friday, July 21. The closure will continue through Saturday, July 22 at 9 p.m.

The work will then shift to the crossing at Bay and Walnut roads the following weekend. Work will start at 9 p.m. on Friday, July 28 and will continue through Saturday, July 29 and is scheduled to be complete by 9 p.m.

The work is required in order to maintain the safe travel of trains and pedestrians through the area and to re-establish full service as soon as possible, according to the T.

Each street will be closed in both directions at the railroad crossings in order to complete the work, but access to all businesses will be maintained during the work. The municipal parking lot on Asbury Street will also be accessible from the Bay Road end of Asbury Street.

Hamilton police officers will be posted throughout the detour to assist with traffic flow and message boards have been put up to alert commuters.

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Driver Alert: Runners to Take to the Streets in Fast Chicks Race Sunday

fast-chicks-5k-2016-routeDrivers should expect to see many runners on the roads in Hamilton this weekend during the Fast Chicks 5K road race.

Hamilton police will have a detail officer assisting at the start of the race at Patton Park at 8:15 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18. A detail officer will also help runners cross Asbury Street, said Hamilton Police Lt. Scott Janes.

The roads will remain open along the course during the race and drivers should drive slowly through the area during the race and watch out for runners on the road.

The all-female road race starts at Patton Park and heads west on Asbury Street, south on Highland Street to Linden Street. It then takes Linden Street east to Howard Street, follows Howard Street to Porter Street in Wenham, then follows Porter Street to Union Street, back into Hamilton past the Hamilton-Wenham Library and back to Asbury Street and back to Patton Park.

The complete map of the course is attached.

Get Details About Parking, Road Closures for Two Town Community Block Party

patriotic bikeAnticipate traffic congestion along Route 1A (Bay Road) during the Two Town Community Block Party on Saturday, when you will also not be able to park along the road.

Those are just a few of the things that the Hamilton Police Department plan to do to manage the crowds at the event on Saturday.

Residents that are headed to the event are encouraged to park at Winthrop Elementary School and side streets in the area if not posted “no parking.” Route 1A near Patton Park will be posted “no parking” before the event begins. A large section of the Asbury Street parking lot at Patton Park will be for handicapped parking.

The gravel road entering the park from Asbury Street will be blocked to traffic at the tennis courts and be used as emergency access.

Specifically for the bike parade, which will start at 4 p.m. at Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, there will be temporary street closures along the parade route. The parade will head up Union Street to Asbury Street and take a right on Asbury Street to Patton Park. A Hamilton police officer will assist on bike patrol.

Airbags Help Avoid Serious Injury in Highland Crash

highland crash.jpgAirbags are being credited for helping avoid serious injuries in a two-car crash at the intersection of Asbury and Highland streets in Hamilton on Saturday afternoon.

The crash happened on May 21 at 2:16 pm. when one vehicle, shown in the accompanying photo, was traveling north on Highland Street. That vehicle struck a vehicle pulling out of Asbury Street, according to Hamilton police Sgt. Stephen Trepanier.

The vehicle coming out of Asbury Street failed to use care when entering Highland Street, Trepanier said.

He called the crash “another blessing for airbags” since one of the vehicles had a family riding in it.

The Hamilton Police Department, Hamilton Fire Department, Beauport Ambulance and the Wenham Fire were on scene and the Wenham Police Department assisted Hamilton police with traffic control while Hamilton police officers investigated.

The driver and passenger in the vehicle that was pulling out of Asbury Street were taken to Beverly Hospital, Trepanier said.

Asbury Street Reopens After Pole Containing Several Transformers Snaps in Crash

The pole that was struck by a vehicle on Saturday evening, Oct. 31 on Asbury Street contained several transformers and took several hours to repair, keeping the road closed, according to Hamilton police Lt. Scott Janes.

Hamilton PoliceHamilton police said the driver of the vehicle that crashed, Joseph S. Scuderi, 74, of 56 Rust St., fell asleep before the crash. He suffered minor injuries and was taken by Beauport ambulance to Beverly hospital, according to a police report on the incident.

The crash occurred on Asbury Street just north of the Highland Street intersection at 3:52 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31. It was investigated by Hamilton police Sgt. Stephen Walsh.

The repairs to the pole were complete by 8 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1, according to police. The crash cut power to a handful of homes in the early evening.

Upper Asbury Street Closed After Pole Snaps in Crash

Upper Asbury Street is closed this evening, Saturday, Oct. 31 after a car crash snapped an utility pole.

Hamilton PoliceThe crash happened before 5 p.m. just north of the intersection of Asbury and Highland streets.

The snapped telephone pole needs to be replaced so Asbury Street toward Topsfield is closed until the pole is replaced by National Grid, according to Hamilton police Sgt. Stephen Trepanier.

The crash occurred when the driver was traveling on upper Asbury Street from Topsfield into Hamilton when his vehicle struck the telephone pole at the intersection of Highland Street and upper Asbury Street, Trepanier said.

The driver said he fell asleep and there were no signs of any intoxication, Trepanier said. Beauport Ambulance took the driver to the hospital with minor injuries.