The City of Methuen's Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) recently completed the Pedestrian Access Improvement Project (PDF) in Gaunt Square or Clock Tower Square. This project was funded by a Housing Choice Initiatives grant from the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). The project brought ten pedestrian ramps and six crosswalks into ADA compliance across the intersections of Broadway at Hampshire and Pleasant Streets, and Broadway at Charles Street. These crosswalks will also be equipped with new pedestrian crossing signal heads.
This project is supplemental to recently completed and scheduled pedestrian ramp improvement projects all along Broadway to the Lawrence line through the City's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. It is also part of a larger ongoing project to revitalize the Historic Downtown area by providing more business and pedestrian-friendly infrastructure and amenities such as increased parking availability, improved walkability, the construction of the Methuen Rail Trail, and the creation of the Spicket Falls Lighting Project (PDF). These projects are attracting private development to the historic downtown bringing new businesses, jobs, and housing.