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Eagle Tribune - Royal Crest project process many layered   - Feb. 15th

The Planning Board would then present the warrant article to the Select Board for its recommendation. If sponsored by the Select Board, the article would make its way to Town Meeting. At Town Meeting, residents would then vote on the article.

"The Town is working with the proponent toward a special Town Meeting in the fall. This project would require a zoning change, which will require Town Meeting action," said Murphy-Rodriguez.

"The town's goal is to have a project that would be transformative for 114, further the goals of the master plan and be a benefit to the community," she said.

Eagle Tribune - Abutters lodge complaints about Proposal  -  Feb 5th

Traffic is a major concern along the already congested Route 114, which is undergoing an improvement project with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to reconstruct and add signals to the roadway.

Jeffrey Dirk of Vanasse & Associates, the town’s transportation consultant, said the Royal Crest project is expected to bring an additional 12,500 cars to Route 114 on a daily basis — roughly a five-fold increase over the 3,200 cars that pass through the area each day now. 

At a December Planning Board meeting, Dirk said that even with the DOT’s improvements, a few intersections along Route 114 are expected to become congested with the anticipated traffic increase."

Royal Crest expansion: Can North Andover handle the traffic?  - Jan 25th

Jeffrey Dirk, of Vanasse & Associates, the town’s transportation consultant, recently met with the Planning Board and said his firm wants to see the Royal Crest project coordinate with the state on a roadway improvement project already underway, to address traffic issues sure to come with the Royal Crest expansion.

“Even with the improvements MassDOT has been doing, combined with background traffic, there were still some locations where the analysis indicated that there were capacity constraints and specifically at locations approximate to the project site — basically the intersections on either side, at the Andover Bypass and also at the Andover Street/125/114 intersection, and then at the entrance to the project at Walsh Way,” Dirk said. “So we would ask them to look at them other additional improvements that could be done to enhance the MassDOT project that could address some of those capacity constraints at that location.”