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The Andover Police Department intends to engage in extensive public outreach to make sure that drivers are aware of the reduced speed limit prior to issuing tickets and strictly enforcing the measure. The public education process is expected to last through the spring of 2023, with enforcement beginning in the summer.
Officers may pull over motorists exceeding the 25 MPH speed limit in certain cases, but will issue informational materials about the new townwide policy during the initial phases of implementation. The Andover Police Department will have directed patrols in certain areas that are identified to experience a high volume of motorists exceeding the new speed limit or traveling at excessive speeds.
At the 2022 Annual Town Meeting, voters opted-in to Chapter 90, Section 17C of Massachusetts General Laws, allowing the Select Board to implement a 25 MPH speed limit. The Select Board voted to implement the reduced speed limit in late 2022. The adjusted speed limit is intended to make Andover streets safer for drivers and pedestrians, and to reduce the risk of serious injury in the event of a motor vehicle accident.
Certain roads with existing speed regulations are not subject to the reduced speed limit, even if they are in a tickly settled or business district. There are 19 special speed regulations on file with MassDOT, governing 29 local jurisdiction roadways in Andover. This includes many major thoroughfares. Click this link for a map.Complete list of streets and roads with existing speed regulations:
Abbot Bridge Dr.Algonquin Ave.Andover St.Argilla Rd.Ballardvale Rd.Brundrett Ave.Rt. 125 Bypass Rd.Central StreetChandler RdClark Rd.Cuba St.Dascomb Rd.Eastman Rd.Elm St.Harold Parker Rd.Haverhill St.High St.Jenkins Rd.Lovejoy Rd.Lowell St.Lupine Rd.Main St.Moraine St.North Main St.Red Spring Rd.River Rd.River St.Salem St.School St.Shawsheen Rd.South Main St.Stevens St.Woburn St.
Because the reduced speed limit is a townwide measure, the Town is placing new signage at the Town's borders and other strategic locations. These signs clearly indicate that speed limit applies townwide. The Town will not be installing signs on every street where the reduced speed limit applies.
MGL Chapter 90, Section one defines thickly settled or business district as: "the territory contiguous to any way which is built up with structures devoted to business, or the territory contiguous to any way where the dwelling houses are situated at such distances as will average less than two hundred feet between them for a distance of a quarter of a mile or over."