Accepted vs Unaccepted Streets

Procedure for Street Acceptance (PDF): This is a summary of the procedure to accept a street. With a new sub-division, this is easy to understand. However, there are many older streets that were never accepted by the City. This is a list of the work that must now be undertaken by city staff. The information is then submitted to the City Council for acceptance


Analyzing Local Traffic Problems (PDF): Handouts from a BayState Roads course given by Mark Hood
Crosswalks (PDF): From the Massachusetts Traffic Safety Toolbox Series
Stop Signs (PDF): Technical Note from BayState Roads Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP)

Pavement Conditions Index

The City has had an inventory done of all streets to determine a pavement condition index (PCI). We use this index to determine each year's paving list.

MassDOT Project Listing

MassDOT Project Listing: Select Lowell from the drop-down menu. The list includes street projects as well as bridge projects. The status (design, construction, or complete) is noted in the right-hand column.

Street Paving Moratorium List

Street Paving Moratorium List (PDF): As each street is paved, it falls into a moratorium category. Requests for non-emergency work are denied for 5 years after a street is paved. Emergency conditions are defined by the DPW Commissioner.

2014 List of Paving Projects

2014 List of Paving Projects: This list is sent to the local utility companies as a heads-up for where the city will be paving this year. If they have any work to do on these streets, they need to get in ahead of us or wait for the 5 year moratorium to expire.