Downtown Parking Improvement Project Update - 2023

The Town of Andover has initiated a comprehensive Downtown amenities project to enhance the municipal parking lots (last reconstructed in 1986), accessed from Barnard, Park, and Bartlet Street. The project aims to reconfigure the parking area to better accommodate pedestrian and vehicle flow, improve drainage structures, and will create a centralized gathering space behind the Old Town Hall that can be activated for outdoor dining, live performances, and other community programming 

  • Park Street Parking Lot will reopen on May 26, 2023.  Parking Permit holders should park in the parking lot and not on the street.
  • Please call (978) 623-8608 with any concerns or questions about the project between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.  After 5 p.m., voicemail is avaialble. 
  • LETTER SENT 5/26/23: Dear Building and Business Owners:As of this afternoon, the parking lot at Park Street will be re-opening.  Approximately 120+ parking spaces will be available for customers, employees, and Permit Parking Pass holders.  If you have an employee with a Permit, please ask that they park in the lot and not on the street as soon as the parking lot reopens. This lot should remain open and be available throughout the project until final paving and striping is planned in the fall.  The next phase of the construction, tentatively and always subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances or weather, will include: drainage, utility, and curbing along Bartlet Street and Park Street.  As soon as we have an updated 3-week look ahead, I will post it on the Town of Andover website. The parking lot behind Old Town Hall is tentatively scheduled to be closed beginning July 3, 2023.  Joe Assenza, Assistant Town Engineer, and Brandon Pyburn, Project Engineer, will continue to be on-site most days and are always willing to talk and answer questions (978) 623-8608. Please pass this information along to your tenants and customersThank you for your continued patience and understanding,

General Schedule

This is a general overview of the schedule.  This is subject to numerous factors including weather, procurement and any other unforeseen circumstances.
  • June 2023 - Park Street and Bartlet Street underground drainage, curbing, sidewalks, lighting, binder coat.
  • July 2023 - Closure of parking lot behind Old Town Hall (Lot 1). Construction on underground drainage, lighting, curbing, sidewalk, binder coat and temporary striping.
  • August 2023 - Lot 1 Continuation of work.  Also Barnard Street underground drainage, curbing, sidewalks, binder, and temporary striping.
  • Sept - November 2023 - Barnard Street underground drainage, curbing, sidewalks, binder and tempoary striping.
  • October - November 2023 until completion - project wide finishes: landscaping, lighting, amenities, finish pavement, finish markings and striping, and signage. 

JUNE SCHEDULE: Park Street will be under construction.  This will include water, drainage, utilities, curbing and paving.  Detours may be needed.  Sidewalks will be accessible (See GREEN in the plans below).  

Traffice Management Plans below for Park Street:


May Schedule:
Parking Lot Construction Timeline May 2023
Alternative Parking Areas for Lot Closures

Click Image to View Additional Plans

Downtown Parking Lot and Connectivity Design
Downtown Rendered Parking Lot Plan

Pedestrian Experience Enhancements (Published Winter 2022)

Lot 2 Plans
Lot 1 Plan
Driveway Aprons 1 Plans
Andover Rendering 4-22-20

Planned Improvements (Public participation helped design the new parking lots):

Original Concept Plan 2019

Existing Conditions Prior to Construction 

(the last reconstruction of the area - 1986):

Banner Lot
Project Area
Map of Lots

Existing Conditions:

The lots behind Old Town Hall were constructed in 1986 and have been in need of substantial updates to improve stormwater management, circulation, and the overall pedestrian experience.