Crosswalks in downtown Amesbury will have a unique look as they become canvases for area artists.

The project is the result of a MassDOT Shared Streets & Spaces grant that also includes projects at the Al Capp Amphitheater and Upper Millyard. The crosswalks will all be complete by Thursday.

"We have gotten so much positive feedback about the crosswalks so far, and I hope this added splash of color brings joy to residents, business owners and visitors as they get out and spend time in town this summer and for years to come," Amesbury Mayor Kassandra Gove said.

The decorated crosswalks also makes them more visible to drivers and combined with a 25 mph decrease in the speed limit safer, according Gove.

"This grant will allow us to adapt the amphitheater quickly to create a COVID-friendly, outdoor haven for eating, playing and working accessible to anyone and everyone," Angela Cleveland, Director of Community & Economic Development said.

The other projects covered by the grant include:

  • Eco-friendly playground equipment; embankment slide, notched log climb and mushroom stumps
  • An outdoor fireplace for year-round gathering
  • WiFi and a solar-powered charging station to encourage using the space for outdoor working and meetings
  • A branded bike corral
  • Shade sails and string lights in the Amphitheater to add ambiance and make it a comfortable space to spend time

Merrimac received a $30,000 grant to install ADA-compliant curb ramps between two schools

Colorful Crosswalks in Downtown Amesbury

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