Overhead line replacement closes bike path
April 3, 2012 by Sarah
The Independence Greenway Bike Path was closed between the Russell Street Trailhead and the Ipswich River Trailhead on March 17th. The closure was necessary while National Grid does work in Peabody on power transmission lines.
Used by hundreds of people daily, the reasons for the path closure were posted on the City of Peabody’s website. Flyer and poster printing to advertise major events can be a good idea for distribution in areas affected by a route disruption.
A detour has been erected along Russell Street so that cyclists, especially those who use the path way in their daily commute, may do so in safety.
In a release posted on the city’s website, National Grid explained that workers are replacing the current transmission lines in a 14.5 mile section, affecting not only Peabody but the surrounding communities of Boxford, Middleton, Danvers and others. Peabody is affected by Phase 1 of the project. As a precaution, National Grid said they will respect local wetland locations along the route by placing timber matts down for equipment to work on top of.
Residents were warned that only those personnel who are authorized are permitted on the right-of-way during the construction, which includes the Independence Greenway Bike Path. Weather permitting, the project should be complete by May 7th.
Residents with concerns about the project are invited to contact Sue Scarcella at 781-907-1611.