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.

Veterans Day Observance to Include Guest Speaker, March Along 1A

veterans-dayThe annual Veterans Day recognition breakfast be held on Friday at the American Legion followed by a march along Route 1A.

It will start on Friday, Nov. 11 at 8 a.m. in Patton Hall at American Legion Post 194, 37 School St. The guest of honor and speaker will be Major General John Deyermond.

Later, at about 10:30 a.m., there will be a march along Route 1A from Hamilton Town Hall to Hamilton Cemetery for a service, and then return to Hamilton Town Hall.

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.

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.

Expect Traffic Delays, ‘No Parking’ Areas for Graduation on Sunday

The Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School Class of 2015 will be graduating this weekend, and commencement exercises will be held on the high school campus for the first time in many years.


Residents and guests should expect some traffic congestion in the area of the high school (on Bay Road/Route 1A) before and after graduation, according to Hamilton Police Lt. Scott Janes.

The commencement exercises start at noon on Sunday, June 7.

“There will be detail officers assisting with traffic on Bay Road and staffing the high school parking lots directing traffic in the school lots,” Janes said.

There will also be “no parking” areas posted along Bay Road so that the normal flow of traffic can be maintained on Bay Road during the event.