In response, City Planner Blair Haney noted that the original plan for a center traffic island has been much altered after consultation with safety officials, reducing it to short stretches.
“It is a challenge,” said Chamber of Commerce Director Deanne Healey. “Unfortunately, there are definitely going to be some businesses that are going to feel the impact of (construction).” But she added, “The general response of businesses has been positive, very positive.”
It’s an upgrade that’s long overdue, most said. Once done, Rad indicated, Peabody businesses will be more competitive with shops in other cities and town.
“I feel sorry for Salem,” he said with a laugh.