Residents of a small street between Arsenal and North Beacon streets want one entrance to their street closed to traffic.
On Tuesday, the Town Council heard the first reading of the proposal to shut off traffic coming onto Beacon Park off of Arsenal Street. The street has two other entrances onto North Beacon Street.
Residents of the street told the town they worry about Beacon Park becoming a cut through from the Arsenal Street, said Assistant Town Manager Steve Magoon. The Arsenal Street entry to the street is directly across from the new apartment complex going up at 202-204 Arsenal Street.
While motor vehicles would not be able to use the entrance, the town would maintain the entryway for bicyclists and walkers, Magoon said.
Under the proposal, half the roadway would remain. Magoon said this is because a home on the east side of the entryway has a driveway onto that portion of the street and the homeowner did not want to relocate the driveway.
“A new curb line will be established on Arsenal Street, and necessary drainage improvements and sidewalks will be installed,” Magoon said. “The central area will be restored with vegetation and could also be the location for a stormwater demonstration project.”
Neither the Council nor the public commented on the proposal Tuesday. The project will be back at the Nov. 10 meeting where a public hearing will be held.