Public Hearing Notice

Public Hearing Notice  Peabody - Independence Greenway Extension

Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.

Overview   of Peabody - Independence Greenway Extension

A Live Virtual Design Public Hearing will be hosted on the MassDOT website below to present the design for the proposed Independence Greenway Extension project in Peabody, MA.


The purpose of this hearing is to provide the public with the opportunity to become fully acquainted with the proposed Independence Greenway Extension project. All views and comments submitted in response to the hearing will be reviewed and considered to the maximum extent possible.


The proposed project is a continuation of the existing Independence Greenway eastwards from its present eastern terminus at the North Shore Mall to the Warren Street Extension/Endicott Street intersection in central Peabody. This will extend the existing 5.3-mile Greenway by 7,000 feet (1.3 miles). The Greenway Extension will provide a dedicated and protected 10-foot-wide two-way multiuse path for the full extension. Much of the asphalt pathway will have a 2-foot-wide crushed stone shoulder on each side. Sidewalks will be extended at various locations to accommodate the asphalt path along with new granite curbing and grass at some locations. The project will also include: a Rectangular Rapid-Flashing Beacon (RRFB) and signing for a crossing at North Shore Road to the abandoned Boston and Maine Railroad right-of-way along Proctor Brook; new concrete culverts; a new 80-foot span timber bridge and a new 540-foot timber boardwalk to minimize wetland impacts. New trail heads will be constructed on either end of the Proctor Brook section of the path. This new segment extension, as with all other segments of the Independence Greenway, will eventually be part of the Border to Boston trail.

A secure right-of-way is necessary for this project. Acquisitions in fee and permanent or temporary easements may be required. The City is responsible for acquiring all needed rights in private or public lands. Policy concerning land acquisitions will be presented in the hearing.

Project inquiries, written statements and other exhibits regarding the proposed undertaking may be submitted to Carrie E. Lavallee, P.E., Chief Engineer, via e-mail to or via US Mail to Suite 6340, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116, Attention: Project Management, Project File No. 609211. Statements and exhibits intended for inclusion in the public hearing transcript must be emailed or postmarked no later than ten (10) business days (14 calendar days) after the hearing is hosted on the MassDOT website listed below. 

This hearing is accessible to people with disabilities. MassDOT provides reasonable accommodations and/or language assistance free of charge upon request (e.g interpreters in American Sign Language and languages other than English, live captioning, videos, assistive listening devices and alternate material formats), as available. For accommodation or language assistance, please contact MassDOT’s Chief Diversity and Civil Rights Officer by phone (857-368-8580), TTD/TTY at (857) 266-0603, fax (857) 368-0602 or by email ( Requests should be made as soon as possible and prior to the hearing, and for more difficult to arrange services including sign-language, CART or language translation or interpretation, requests should be made at least ten business days before the hearing. 

This Live Virtual Design Public Hearing or a cancellation announcement will be hosted on the internet at this website. 

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