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July 24, 2013

Residents to meet with mayor over Pulaski Street traffic

PEABODY — Residents on Pulaski Street want change — just not the change recently proposed by the city.

A plan to rezone the industrial park on Pulaski Street seems to have been abandoned, but residents are still geared up to support changes designed to improve the quality of life on their street. The complaints on Pulaski Street involve both truck traffic and activity in the industrial park. Pulaski is an alternate route for trucks denied passage on nearby Gardner Street.

“It’s 24/7,” resident Lola Busta said.

A storage area for school buses has upped the congestion and noise. As for the truck traffic, Busta said, in the past it has resulted in “house-shaking” noise, which has been alleviated somewhat by the city’s repairs to the roadway.

Former at-large City Councilor Bill Toomey, who is currently a candidate for the ward councilor position being vacated by Rico Mello, has joined the effort to lobby on behalf of Pulaski Street residents. Residents believe that steps can be taken to reduce the impact of truck traffic, he said. For example, trucks exiting the industrial park are habitually taking illegal right turns, sending them into Wilson Square. Residents want that stopped.

Further, Toomey and his neighbors support a sign on Margin Street forbidding trucks from making left turns onto Pulaski Street — sending drivers bound for Route 128 into Danvers instead. That would go far to ease the traffic crush on Pulaski, Toomey said.

“They make a hairpin turn onto Pulaski Street now. ... They could easily go to Danvers,” he said.

Toomey dismissed any complaints that might come from Danvers as a result of the increased truck traffic there.

“Everybody has to carry the load,” he said.

After an earlier meeting this summer, Mayor Ted Bettencourt has agreed to meet with residents next month to deal with this, Busta said.

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