Because this is a very heavily traveled area by both vehicular and pedestrian traffic, this project involved improvement for pedestrian accessibility and safety by installing new sidewalks and curbing, the repair of light pole bases and installation of new luminaires with higher wattage bulbs, and repaving streets. In 2011 thru 2012, using Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds combined with Town funds and in-kind (labor and equipment) contributions, the Park and Pleasant Street area was upgraded with new storm drainage, new concrete sidewalks, new and reset granite curbing, and street repaving to the entrance of Narrow Gauge Square to better define parking and travel lanes. The southeast corner along the Broadway and Front Street intersection was reconstructed with a dropped grade, facilitated by the installation of a retaining wall. Crosswalks were relocated to comply with ADA standards for safer pedestrian access to the businesses and activities in the area.
New retaining wall and sidewalk on Front Street
Meetinghouse Park also received CDBG funds in 2011-2012 to improve its accessibility by installing new drainage and reconstructing the parking along the west side, rebasing and resurfacing all walkways in the park, rebuilding the sidewalk along the south side to convert it into an accessible ramp, installing a new walkway by the Honor Roll, and rebuilding the gazebo steps. The seats and railings were also repaired to make the park more functional and user-friendly. To complete the project, a generous private donor had new lighting installed in the gazebo ceiling.