Gasoline Removal Creates Hazard, Firefighters Stand By While Situation Remedied

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHamilton firefighters spent more than two hours at a downtown gas station on Monday morning to make sure a job to empty gasoline tanks was done safely.

The Hamilton Fire Department was called to Hamilton Convenience Store at 178 Bay Road at 8:53 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 14

A tank removal company was emptying the gasoline tanks so the tanks could be replaced, but 500 gallons of gasoline that had been removed was put in barrels next to the building.

That created an unsafe condition and the station was ordered to have the barrels removed, according to Fire Chief Philip Stevens Jr. A gasoline truck arrived by 10:16 a.m., he said.

Hamilton firefighters stood by until the hazard was rectified at 11:21 a.m., Stevens said.


Last Minute Reminder: Route 1A Closed at Railroad Crossing This Weekend

IMG_20170719_120758A major road through the center of Hamilton will be closed for most of this weekend.

Bay Road (Route 1A) will be closed at the railroad crossing starting Friday, July 28 at 8 p.m. and stay closed through Sunday, July 30 at about 4 p.m.

All northbound traffic will be detoured down Linden Street or Railroad Avenue to Willow Street, according to Hamilton police. To get to the Shoppes at Hamilton Crossing, Cumberland Farms or Hamilton Convenience Store, drivers will need to go around and drive south on Bay Road or use Walnut Road from Wenham.

The MBTA will work on improvement stop the crossing during the closure.

Hamilton police detail officers will be in place during the work and police ask that drivers allow for extra time and expect delays in the area.

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.


Memorial Day Weekend Events Will Cause Minor Traffic Delays

memorial day newTwo events in Hamilton during the Memorial Day weekend – including a Memorial Day observance on Monday – could cause small interruptions to traffic flow.

On Saturday, May 27, the Melody Miles road race starts at 10 a.m. A Hamilton police detail officer will help direct drivers and runners. Drivers should expect traffic delays along Route 1A (Bay Road), Bridge Street and Woodbury Street, said Hamilton Police Lt. Scott Janes.

On Memorial Day, sections of Route 1A (Bay Road) will be closed between Hamilton Town Hall and Hamilton Cemetery between 8:45 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. for the Memorial Day Parade. In that case, drivers should expect short traffic delays and detours, Janes said.

Crash Closes Bay Road Tuesday As Passengers Rescued From Car

0111Bay Road was closed for about 40 minutes on Tuesday afternoon because of a car crash where two people were trapped inside the car.

Hamilton police and fire crews responded to the crash, in the area of Patton Park on Bay Road, which is also Route 1A on Tuesday afternoon, according to Hamilton police Lt. Scott Janes.

The Hamilton Fire Department freed two people from the crashed vehicle that was on its side and had its airbags go off. The Wenham Fire Department also assisted.

The two people in the vehicle were taken by ambulance to Beverly Hospital. The crash is under investigation by Hamilton police Sgt. Stephen Trepanier and Officer Santarelli.

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.

Dog Rescue, Car into House Among Friday Morning Calls

A car crashed into a home near the intersection of Bay Road and Gardner Street on Friday morning, March 4. The car on the back of the flatbed tow truck is from an earlier crash on Highland Street in Hamilton.

A quick moving snow squall caused some problems for about an hour on Friday morning in Hamilton, including several car crashes. Amid it all, there was also a dog rescue.

At about quarter to 9 a.m., Hamilton first responders were called to a report of a car into an utility pole on Highland Street near Pingree School. At the same time, firefighters were also called to the report of a dog fallen in the water, possibly along with its owner, at 100 Essex St., according to Hamilton Fire Chief Philip Stevens.

The dog was rescued and nobody was injured in the crash, where the driver signed a refusal of medical attention and the Ford station wagon was towed away.

There ended up being a second two-car crash near the first crash on Highland Street. Nobody was injured in that crash and both vehicles were driven away, Stevens said.

At about 9:15 a.m., a car crashed into a house at 925 Bay Road (Route 1A). Again, nobody was injured and the home was not damaged but there was damage to a stonewall. The car was drivable afterward.