SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

September 27, 2013

Town to dedicate North Main streetscape work

By Jonathan Phelps
Staff writer

---- — IPSWICH — The finishing touches are being put on the North Green streetscape project.

Construction crews installed cobblestone traffic islands this week as the project wraps up. The town will hold a dedication ceremony to mark the completion of the project tomorrow at 11 a.m., directly across from the library, 25 N. Main St.

The streetscape improvement project has brought new sidewalks, granite curbing and drainage improvements to the area around North Main Street near the library.

Historic lighting has been installed along the sidewalks and the area was enhanced by landscaping and trees.

The green has been the site of many cultural, educational and religious activities since the town was incorporated in 1634, according to town officials. The dedication will mark its latest in a long line of public events.

Ipswich High senior Nikki Brouillette will kick off the ceremony with a rendition of “America the Beautiful.”

Music will be provided before and after the ceremony by Dolce, a string quartet composed of Ipswich High School students. Refreshments will be offered throughout by the Ipswich National Honor Society.

An interpretive sign describing the Colonial history of the North Green will be unveiled at the ceremony.

The Ipswich Library will hold a free craft workshop for children.

Planning for the project began in 1997, with the final design being approved by the state Department of Transportation in 2011. The $1.1 million project overseen by MassDOT is being paid for entirely with federal and state funds.

Town officials are encouraging residents to walk or ride a bike to the ceremony because parking will be limited.

Staff writer Jonathan Phelps can be reached at 978-338-2527 or by email at jphelps@salemnews.com. Follow him on Twitter at JPhelps_SN.