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Way cleared for revamping of Lowell, Tarbell streets

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PEPPERELL — Selectmen have signed an order of taking for land at the intersection of Lowell and Tarbell streets, clearing the way for the reconstruction of one of the dangerous intersections in town.

Pursuit of the acquisition of the property by eminent domain or purchase was unanimously approved at the annual town meeting in May 2005.

The 5,528-square-foot parcel was purchased for $1.

Triangular in shape, the parcel is bound by a 93-foot length along Lowell Street beginning at the intersection, and 100 feet along Tarbell Street. The third side is an 81-foot length bordering property that belonged to Loretta E. and William R. Clark.

The property was owned by the late John H. Boynton, and was part of a trust that had expired.

As development continues the intersection has become increasingly hazardous, particularly during rush hour. Lowell Street — Route 113 — is a major commuting route to and from Route 3 and Tarbell Street is a frequently-used bypass to downtown East Pepperell.

The driveway to a condominium complex accesses Tarbell Street at the intersection which adds to congestion and danger as condominium owners cross Lowell Street into, and from, the mainstream of traffic.

It is likely that the reconstruction of the intersection will follow the design of changes made to Leighton and Jersey streets, using the newly acquired town land to bring Tarbell Street into Lowell Street as a ‘T’ with a stop sign.

Work is not expected to begin until summer months.