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.

Drive Carefully, Watch for Pedestrians, Near Thursday Night’s Block Party

Drivers – head’s up along Route 1A (Bay Road) near the intersection of Railroad Avenue on Thursday evening, Nov. 5, as many businesses will be taking part in a block party.

Bay Road crosswalkThe event is scheduled to run from 5-8 p.m. with shops along Railroad Avenue offering refreshments, raffles and giveaways.

Hamilton Police Lt. Scott Janes said there will be no road closures or parking changes but drivers should be alert to additional pedestrian traffic in the area, especially since it will be dark for most of the event. Sunset in Hamilton on Thursday night is at 4:32 p.m.

Patton Park Parking Lot Reopens

The new parking lot at Patton Park is open, just in time to add more parking before Saturday’s flag football games.

The new parking lot near Weaver Pond at Patton Park.
The new parking lot near Weaver Pond at Patton Park.

A new berm was installed on Thursday and the parking lot is now open – albeit without any lines.

The parking lot is off Bay Road (Route 1A) near Weaver Pond.

DPW Director Bill Redford said the lot may still periodically close during weekdays for some work, but will now be open all evenings and weekends.

The lot had been closed since mid-August for the work.

A binder coat of pavement is down and it will remain that way until the project to install a new pool nearby is complete.

The new parking lot is one-way, with traffic entering on the north end and exiting at the south end.

One of Patton Park Lots Closed as Pool Construction Begins

The Patton Park parking lot near Weaver Pond is now closed as site work gets underway for the new swimming pool.


The work is the start of the parking lot construction project for the pool, according to Hamilton-Wenham Recreation Director Sean Timmons.

There will be five trees removed and two openings will be created in the wall from Bay Road (Route 1A) – a northerly opening for the pool parking lot entrance and a southerly opening for the parking lot exit, according to Hamilton DPW Director Bill Redford.

A siltation barrier will also be installed between the parking lot and the pond, topsoil will be stripped and the parking lot will be regraded.

Gravel fill will also be brought in and placed for the exit before the “binder course” for bituminous pavement in put down and a berm is installed.

Curbing will be removed at the new entrance and exit and existing curbing and milepost markers will be re-set to create pedestrian access, Redford said.

The parking lot closure is expected to last into early September and is dependent on the weather, Redford said.