Gas Disaster Affected Area Project Update - July 1, 2020
To date, the Town has completed approximately 20% of the 19 miles of road restoration in the impacted area. Below is a list of streets completed to date. Roadway restoration accounts for approximately 82% of the total allocated funds at special town meeting as part of the Columbia Gas settlement.
Phase 1 - 2019
|High (3)||Haverhill/Route 133||Town Line||Mill/Overlay|
Phase 2 - 2020
|Walnut||High||House # 18||Full Depth|
Tree plantings in the impacted area will occur when road and sidewalk work is complete in the impacted area. A portion of these funds will also be used to complete a management plan that will the Town best identify appropriate species of street trees and methods for replanting in this area.
Route 133 Design- $500,000
The Town of Andover Planning and Public Works Departments are seeking to make long-needed improvements to the Lowell Street (Route 133) corridor, which is a vital roadway for residents and businesses of Andover and the local region. The project limits will extend approximately 1.25 miles, from West Parish to Shawsheen Village, and will include upgrades at the intersections with Beacon Street/Shawsheen Road and Main Street (Route 28). The project incorporates accommodations for all users and various modes of transportation, including vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists and transit riders.
As part of the Columbia Gas settlement, funds were designated for design of this project. To date, preliminary survey work, traffic counts, and a feasibility study have been completed. The next steps will be to engage the public through a survey and informational meetings to further design
Senior Center Renovation and Expansion- $500,000
The Senior Center renovation and expansion project was awarded to Seaver Construction in March of 2020. To date, demolition has been completed and work has begun on the drainage for new bathrooms and service kitchen that will provide for a more efficient floor plan to better serve the community.
Foundation work is ongoing and expected to be completed in July. From there, areas can begin to be framed and the exterior walls and interior spaces will start to progress. This project is currently projected to be completed in the spring of 2021.
The $500,000 appropriation included as part of the Columbia Gas settlement will be utilized to replace the old Senior Center windows, allow for the installation of walk in refrigeration, and installation of ADA accessible showers.
To take the virtual tour of the completed senior center rendering: https://www.andoverscf.org/projects
Playstead and Downtown Connectivity/Senior Center Parking- $950,000
This connectivity project will create a seamless transition from Downtown to the Municipal Complex and Playstead by making infrastructure improvements to Bartlet Street, Park, Street, and Barnard Street. This work will be performed in conjunction with the reconstruction of Lots 1 and 2 behind Old Town Hall. This will also connect to the proposed parking area for the senior center on the portion of the Playstead where T-Ball is currently played. The Senior Center expanded parking lot is currently before the Conservation Commission and would add 56 parking spots for the Town Office Complex. This project also includes ADA accessibility, drainage, parking lot realignment, trees, and green infrastructure in Lots 1 and 2 as well as road and sidewalk improvements on Barnard, Park, and Bartlet Street.
Rec Park Bath House- $950,000
In the Fall of 2019, the Town completed a feasibility and initial design of a Bath House at Rec Park that could be utilized for showers in the case of a Town wide emergency as shown on the spreadsheet. Unfortunately, preliminary estimates came back much higher than anticipated. This project has been put on hold indefinitely.
An organizational decision was made to utilize this 5% of the total appropriated funds to enhance the already approved projects within the impacted area which included $720,080 for the Downtown Connectivity/Senior Center Parking project and $200,000 to be placed in contingency for the Senior Center Renovation and Expansion.
Information related to the restoration and recovery process following the Merrimack Valley Gas Disaster of 2018
After Action Reports
Public Works Restoration Information
Town of Andover Recovery and Restoration Plan
National Transportation Safety Board - Executive Summary of Findings and Probable Cause
Special Town Meeting
There will be a Special Town Meeting on June 19, 2019 at 7:00 PM in the Andover Memorial Auditorium, 36 Bartlet Street. There will be two articles on the Special Town Meeting Warrant. The first article will be to establish capital fund accounts from settlement funds received from Columbia Gas, and the second article will authorize funds for water main replacement projects.
Town Meeting Location Note: Please note, the Special Town Meeting will not be held in the Collins Center where Town Meetings are typically held - the Special Town Meeting will be in the Andover Memorial Auditorium behind the Town Office Building.
Public Information Sessions
There will be three public information sessions to learn more about the Special Town Meeting. The sessions will be held at the following times and locations
June 11th - Memorial Hall Library - Third Floor - 7:00 PM
June 12th - Town Offices - Third Floor - 8:00 AM - Watch the Andover TV Recording!
June 17th - Town Offices - Third Floor - 6:00 PM