Swampscott clears the tables

Swampscott DPW employee Nick Conti lifts a concrete barrier used for outdoor dining on Humphrey Street into the back of a waiting truck with the help of DPW employee Ryan Squires, right. (Spenser Hasak)

The Department of Public Works started removing the jersey barriers on Thursday on Humphrey Street. This marks that the outdoor dining has been removed as well, as the yellow trucks picking up the concrete barriers.

There is a total of 20 painted barriers. The Swampscott High School and ReachArt painted them. Barriers were purchased by the Department of Public Works and used for outdoor dining. 

Students from the Green Scholars Program also spread their environmental awareness-themed mural on jersey barriers in June 2021. They made murals that showed the impact that human actions and debris can have on local environments and they painted murals on the barriers, bringing awareness to the locals.

The jersey barriers have served as a good guard on Humphrey Street, and they are removed due to the weather no longer permitting outdoor dining. It is the second time they have removed it from the street. The main reason is for snowplows to work in the wintertime, according to the Department of Public Works director Gino Cresta.

Snow will easily bury the jersey barriers and cause trouble for snowplows driving through.

They will be put back in the Spring when the weather is again warm enough for outdoor dining, and the snow season is over.


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