City Council Likely to Accept Forgotten Street as Public Way

Haverhill City Concilor Mary Ellen Daly O’Brien. (WHAV News file photograph.)

City Councilor Mary Ellen Daly O’Brien.

The Haverhill city council will hold a public hearing Tuesday night on a request by city officials to formally accept the long-developed “definitive subdivision” of Bonin Way, off Pilgrim Road, as a public way.

Economic Development and Planning Director William Pillsbury, Jr. and City Engineer John H. Pettis III are among those giving a favorable recommendation to the street acceptance proposal. The subdivision, created in 1985, was completed but a request for acceptance had not been forwarded to the city engineer until now, according to minutes of the May 13 Haverhill Planning Board meeting. That panel, along with several city departments, have either recommended, or raised no objections to, the street acceptance.

“This roadway was part of a new subdivision approved by the Haverhill Planning Board and was constructed in accordance with an approved definitive plan,” Pillsbury said in a letter to the council. “A bond was posted as surety that the improvements were constructed in accordance with the approved plan. By virtue of the fact that the bond has been reduced to a zero balance as recommended by the city engineer; and that all as-built plans have been reviewed and approved by the city engineer; and that the legal description of the roadway to be accepted has been approved by the city engineer, then as required by the state subdivision control law the city council has been requested to accept Bonin Drive as a public way.”

O’Brien Targets Merrill Avenue Traffic

Also on the council’s agenda, Councilor Mary Ellen Daly O’Brien has requested a discussion about traffic flow on Merrill Avenue, situated between upper Main Street and Rosemont Street. Merrill Avenue became a one-way street a number of years ago to improve safety at the Rosemont intersection where vehicles enter on a blind curve considered hazard to westbound Rosemont motorists.

The Haverhill city council meets at 7 p.m., Tuesday, in council chambers at Haverhill City Hall.

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