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October 26, 2012

Jetty work begins

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The project is slated to be in active mode until March 31, and because it will be going on for months, city officials sought to host the informational meeting for residents of both Newburyport and Newbury.

Municipal leaders will provide details about the construction, such as the shipment of rock and precautions to preserve the beach.

The stones to reconstruct the jetty will come from acreage in Seabrook, where heavy machinery several decades ago wrestled rock from soil to provide space to build Seabrook Station.

Trucks with large stone will be using Interstate 95 and Route 1 to reach Newburyport, then they will follow Scotland Road, Parker Street, High Street and Rolfe’s Lane/Ocean Avenue to reach the Plum Island Turnpike.

Trucks will then cross over to Plum Island and follow Northern Boulevard to the construction site entrance at the parking lot.

“Due to the close proximity of truck routes and other obstructions, the city will be closing all access to public bathrooms and the Jason Sawyer Playground for the duration of the project,” Planning Director Andy Port said in a statement.

“The city advises all residents and visitors to avoid the construction area, given the size of the stones and equipment used to complete this project.”

City officials say wave action and the movement of sand have resulted in deterioration and settling of the massive rock wall, which was last repaired several decades ago.

They say the purpose of the current project is “to restore the south jetty to its original height, and to realign and reset stones to ensure the maximum lifespan possible for the new jetty wall.”

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