• Boott Cotton Mills Museum with Trolley


    National Historical Park Massachusetts

New Trolley and Traffic Signals in Downtown Lowell

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Date: May 3, 2011
Contact: Phil Lupsiewicz, 978-275-1705

Lowell, MA — The National Park Service is seeking to improve the trolley safety and operations at specific intersections within  downtown Lowell. The improvements include detection systems and traffic signal modifications at three intersections: Market Street and Dutton Street, at Merrimack Street and Dutton Street, and at French Street and Arcand Drive

A new series of trolley traffic control lights have been installed along the trolley tracks at key junctions to provide extra safety to the trolley operation, synchronized with motor vehicle traffic controls. In addition, a special "no turn on right" signal has been installed at the intersection of Market and Dutton Streets. This signal is designed to prevent motor vehicles from making a right on red when the trolley is present.

Motor vehicle operators are asked to become familiar with the new signal system when they are in downtown Lowell and obey the signals when in operation.

For more information about Lowell National Historical Park visit www.nps.gov/lowe or call 978-970-5000.

Did You Know?

Photo of mill workers outside of a Boardinghouse

There were female and male overseers in the mills of Lowell in the 19th century. In Rev. Henry Miles' book, Lowell As It Was, and As It Is, he mentions that the Boott Cotton Mills has recently opened a new weave room and it is being overseen by two women overseers. More...