Two 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.
Anticipate 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.
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.
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.
The 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.
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.