Merrimack Valley Active Transportation Plan

The Merrimack Valley Active Transportation Plan will create a coordinated regional approach to bicycling, walking and other human-powered transportation, including connections to transit.

The Merrimack Valley Planning Commission has scheduled five virtual Public Listening Sessions during September to provide opportunities for residents to provide input into the plan. Meetings have been developed with a geographic focus to allow for more inter-community connections. However, everyone is welcome to join the meeting that best works for their schedules.

The meeting focusing on the coastal communities of Amesbury, Newbury, Newburyport and Salisbury will take place on Thursday, September 3, at 7:00 pm. Click here for details on how to join the meeting (and information about the other four sessions),

NLS Letter Supporting Hale Street Improvements

Following up on the February 4 community meeting, Newburyport Livable Streets has written a letter (here) to the Newburyport City Council in support of funding to conduct a survey of the 1.7-mile road corridor and to engage an engineering firm to prepare a concept plan. The letter was sent to the Council on March 9, signed by 22 NLS members and other residents. However, residents are now responding to our March 4 Facebook post asking to have their names included (11 today), and so we will forward these additional names to the Council on or about March 25.

Hale Street Pedestrian & Bike Improvements

On February 4, NLS hosted a community meeting about safety issues and potential improvement strategies for Hale Street. City Engineer Jon-Eric White presented concepts to make the road safer for walkers and bicyclists getting from the West End and Squires Glen neighborhoods to schools, recreation, and the downtown. About 40 residents and City officials attended the meeting and discussed their concerns and priorities.

A video of the full meeting is online at the PortMedia YouTube channel here.

Jon-Eric White’s full presentation is posted on the Department of Public Services website here.

TSAC Meeting – Thursday, February 13 @ 4:00pm

A meeting of the City’s Traffic Safety Advisory Committee is scheduled for Thursday, February 13, at 4:00 pm in the Mayor’s Conference Room on the 2nd floor of City Hall. Topics on the agenda will include updates on the High Street Safe to Routes safety improvement project and the High Street re-striping project.

Funding for our 2019 programs has been provided by the New England Grassroots Environment Fund.