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May 22, 2013

Override passes for Linebrook Road project in Ipswich

IPSWICH — The $3 million Linebrook Road reconstruction project will move forward after voters yesterday approved a debt-exclusion override to fund the proposal at the annual town election.

There were 662 votes in favor of the project and 585 ballots cast against it.

“This is great news for Ipswich,” said Heidi Paek, co-chairman of the Planning Road and Linebrook Road resident. “The voters have chosen to invest in a main artery in our town that passes through two school zones. Now, we can make the road safer for all the users of the road whether they are in a vehicle, on a bike or walking.”

The project was overwhelmingly approved at last week’s Town Meeting. The work calls for upgrading sidewalks, repaving, and installing pedestrian and bicycle safety measures along a 3-mile stretch. The Doyon Elementary School school’s parking area will also be upgraded as part of the plan.

While there were no contested race in yesterday’s election, there were still people holding signs for candidates as voters pulled into the polls at the YMCA.

Town Clerk Pam Carakatsane said the polls were slow throughout the day with 1,295 ballots cast — about a 12.3 percent turnout.

Around 7:20 p.m., Argilla Road resident Tom Mayo walked out of the polls alone.

“I think more people ought to run. It is silly to have no competition,” he said, noting he came out to vote because he is a veteran of Vietnam.

He said he supported the debt-exclusion override.

“I think the town needs more safe bicycle and pedestrian paths that are safe and off the road,” Mayo said.

County Road resident Jim Berry also voted in favor of the debt-exclusion.

“We need the improvement to Linebrook Road to widen and straighten it for safety,” he said. “Most of the roads in town aren’t safe for bicycles.”

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