A 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.
The 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.
The town of Hamilton is in search of a liaison to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.
The volunteer position acts as a general liaison to the MBTA and attends the control board meetings as one part of the job, according to Town Manager Michael Lombardo.
“It’s an important position because it keeps an ear to the ground, so to speak, having someone attend the meetings and be able to keep track of what is going on and how it may affect the town,” Lombardo said.
It is especially important now, he said, because of a proposal to install two 70-foot monopoles along the railroad tracks in Hamilton as part of a project to put in new wifi service for train passengers.
While Hamilton needs someone to fill the MBTA liaison role to represent the town’s interests, in general, it is also important to have the position filled as the MBTA rethinks the monopole project.
Anyone interested in the position is encouraged to contact Lombardo directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to get more information or also contact any member of the Board of Selectmen.