Fiske Street Sidewalk Improvements
The Fiske Street Sidewalk Project includes the design of sidewalks along Fiske Street and Andover Street to fill in network gaps. There is approximately 1,000 feet of existing sidewalk along the west side of Fiske Street between Bridle Path and Scotland Drive. Approximately 750 feet of five-foot wide sidewalk will be designed along the west side of Fiske Street from Bailey Road to Bridle Path. Approximately 1,600 feet of new five-foot sidewalk will be designed along the west side of Fiske Street from Scotland Drive to Andover Street. Approximately 439 feet of new five-foot wide sidewalk will be installed along Andover Street to the westerly crosswalk for the Loella F. Dewing Elementary School. There are four side streets along the eastern side of Fiske Street: Chivas Circle, Penny Lane, Maplewood Road, and Woodcrest Drive. New ADA compliant crosswalks will be designed across Fiske Street to these four side streets. The new and existing sections of sidewalk will extend the existing sidewalk network on Andover Street towards River Road to the municipal boundary between the Towns of Tewksbury and Andover. This network extension will provide pedestrian accommodations to over 100 homes in the Fiske Street neighborhood. Pedestrians will be able to safely walk to the Dewing Elementary School or the commercial uses along Andover Street, which include restaurants, retail stores, and office buildings.
Fiske Street is classified as rural minor collector that connects Andover Street (Route 133) in Tewksbury with River Road in Andover. Adjacent to the Andover Street and Fiske Street intersection is the Loella F. Dewing Elementary School, serving graded K-2, and the Ella Fleming School. Also located at the Andover Street and Fiske Street intersection is the Tewksbury First Baptist Church and Rising Stars Academy, which is a pre-school facility. There are two Lowell Regional Transportation Authority (LRTA) bus stops near the intersection of Fiske Street and Andover Street for Route #11. The LRTA buses travel along Andover Street between the Gallagher Intermodal Terminal in Lowell to the IRS facility in Andover. The north end of Fiske Street crosses into the Town of Andover and intersects with River Road. Near this intersection there are two separate developments totaling over 300 apartment and condominium units, half of which are designated senior living (Riverside Woods 62+). Historic traffic counts show that Fiske Street experiences approximately 3,000 vehicle trips daily. Much of this is cut-through traffic is from the Andover developments, described above, to I-495, which has on and off ramps located less than 0.75 miles from the Fiske Street/Andover Street intersection.
Fiske Street and Andover Street
The Town of Tewksbury will be receiving $400,000.00 in grant funds through the Complete Streets Funding Program to fill pedestrian network gaps between Fiske Street and Andover Street. The Town is one of sixteen communities in Massachusetts that will be receiving funds in Round 1 for infrastructure projects intended to improve travel for users of various forms of transportation.
If you have questions please contact Kevin Hardiman, P.E., Town Engineer, at 978-640-4440 Ext 257, or email@example.com.