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Complete StreetsMassDOT has approved its 60th municipal Complete Streets Policy.

A Complete Street is one that provides safe and accessible options for all travel modes – walking, biking, transit and vehicles – for people of all ages and abilities.  Unveiled by MassDOT on February 1st, the Complete Streets Funding Program provides cities and towns up to $50,000 for technical assistance to analyze their transportation network gaps, and up to $400,000 for construction to improve bicycle, pedestrian and transit mobility and accessibility at the local level.

Since the Program’s launch, MassDOT has trained over 80% of the state’s municipalities in complete streets design concepts and the funding program’s eligibility requirements.  The Program requires municipality to pass a Complete Streets Policy and to develop a Prioritization Plan, or targeted investment strategy, identifying locations and infrastructure it would like to build to reduce network gaps and improve accommodation for all roadway users.

Within just four months of initiating the Program, 15 municipalities have requested the technical assistance available for developing their Prioritization Plans. Beverly is the first community to develop a Prioritization Plan, and utilized existing data and internal staff.

The program emphasizes improving access to transit and improving safety and access for pedestrians and cyclists. Some of the eligible projects include designated and separated bike lanes, on-street bike parking, bike parking at transit and other locations, roundabouts, traffic-calming measures, crosswalks, new sidewalks, sidewalk repairs, curb extensions, street lighting, transit shelters, transit-only lanes, and disability-compliant curb ramps.

Deadlines for Project applications are July 15 and September 15th.

Visit MassDOT Complete Streets for guidance and access to register.

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