Due to an overwhelming number of visitors to the Center Street corridor in past years, South Center Street in the Town of Ashland will be closed to vehicular traffic from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Halloween Night. This closure will be from Stebbins Street south to Francis Street. Both the Francis Street railroad crossing and Myrtle Street railroad crossing will be open to all traffic.
Folks wishing to participate in “trick or treating” activities on South Center Street may take advantage of on-street parking either north or south of the closures.
“In past years, many of our homes on this street have seen nearly 1,000 children trick or treating. Coupled with a high volume of motor vehicle traffic and the ever existing train traffic, a significant public safety hazard was presented. It is hoped that this closure will greatly improve the safety of this corridor while we have so many young visitors going door to door,” said Chief Doug Goodman
The Historic District Neighborhood Watch is providing volunteers for this effort to serve as ambassadors to the area and to ensure the safety of all visitors. As has been in the past, the Ashland Police Department will also have a presence in this area as well as all other residential areas in town.