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Sandwich

Sandwich's North Main Street closed to through traffic at Lisbon Street

SANDWICH – The North Main Street intersection at Lisbon Street will be closed to through traffic until further notice. That announcement was made at the Aug. 14 Sandwich City Council meeting. 

Vehicles had continued to be driven on North Main Street, around barricades and on gravel surfaces. Traffic patrol officers will enforce the ruling.

City officials also said vehicles will no longer be allowed to exit Willow Crest Nursing Pavilion’s northbound drive onto Lisbon Street, either.

Director of Public Works/City Engineer Tom Horak told the council about a water main break Aug. 9 at 615 S. Wells St. As a result, a boil order was issued for South Wells Street from Hall Street down to Lions Road, and west to Wolfe Street. 

Dummer School, Sandwich Middle School and Haskin School are all located in that area on South Wells Street.

Horak said it’s the fourth water main break on South Wells Street in the past five years. And, there was an even earlier break in 1980. He indicated it might be an area that needs major attention by the city.

Also discussed by the council was perhaps opening parking on the east side of Cindy Lane, as presented by council member Sheryl Chmielewski. Parking has not been allowed there for several years, because residents told the council that high school students parked there all day during the school year to avoid school parking fees. 

Chmielewski said she approached the nine homes that would be affected. The five residents who were home wanted parking opened, three weren’t home and one house was vacant. The matter will be placed on a future agenda for study.

In other business, the council was notified that the Lions Road work near the schools has been completed and there’s even a new striping pattern for westbound buses turning right into Haskin School’s driveway. There’s additional turn lanes in that area as well as hundreds of feet of no-parking being designated on portions of Lions Road near Haskin School.  

Ordinances are being prepared designating no parking on the south side of Lions Road from Main Street to a point 150 feet east of Cindy Lane; on the north side of Lions Road, 150 feet east of Main Street to a point 500 feet east of Wells Street; and on the west side of Wells Street from Lions Road to a point 75 feet south from the intersection.

Another change being made is moving the crossing guard that’s funded by the city to the South Wells and East Hall Street intersection by the H.E. Dummer School. There will no longer be a crossing guard at the U.S. Route 34 and Terry Street intersection. The South Wells Street and U.S. Route 34 intersection will still have a crossing guard before and after school.

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