Council to Address Traffic Signals, Pedestrian Safety in Wake of Main Street Accidents

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Police investigated a stretch of Main Street after Dennis Tuttle was struck by an SUV on Main Street in May. (Jay Saulnier photographs for WHAV News)

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In the wake of two pedestrian accidents on Haverhill’s stretch of Main Street near 5th Avenue, City Councilors Tuesday plan to consider enhancing area traffic signals to improve public safety.

At the urging of Councilor Melinda E. Barrett, the nine-member panel will discuss the possible addition of a traffic light at the intersection of Main Street and 5th Avenue, the same spot where an 18-year-old and 24-year-old were hit within 10 minutes of each other on September 10.

One of the pedestrians suffered injuries serious enough that necessitated an emergency medflight to a Boston hospital. At the time, Essex DA spokeswoman Carrie Kimball Monahan said no arrests were made or citations issued.

This month’s accidents follow the May 2018 death of Haverhill resident Dennis Tuttle, who was killed while crossing Main Street near 18th Avenue. The driver was a 21-year-old Haverhill woman, police said.

A $2.8 million state-funded construction set to coordinate and modernize traffic signals at five of the city’s busiest intersections—all along Main Street—is ongoing.

Also on Tuesday’s Council agenda is a final review of the city’s marijuana zoning ordinance before it heads to the Planning Board. Councilors are also expected to discuss the impact of the National Grid moratorium as the utility company’s lockout continues.

97.9 WHAV FM plans to broadcast the City Council meeting live from the Theodore A. Pelosi Jr. Council Chambers, room 202 of City Hall, starting at 7 p.m. The meeting is also available to be streamed online at WHAV.net.