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MassDOT Announces $8.45 Million in Complete Streets Funding Program Awards

24 municipalities receiving funds to enable safe, convenient, and comfortable travel for users of all ages and abilities. About 40% of total award dollars will fund projects in environmental justice communities.

 

BOSTON – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) today announced $8.45 million has been awarded to 24 communities as part of the Fiscal Year 2022 Round Two grants for the Complete Streets Funding Program. These grant awards will be used by recipient municipalities to fund local multimodal infrastructure projects that improve travel for bicyclists, pedestrians, public transit users, and people using other forms of transportation. This is the twelfth overall grant round for this program.

 

A “Complete Street” is one that enables safe, convenient, and comfortable travel for users of all ages and abilities regardless of their mode of transportation. Administered by MassDOT, the Complete Streets Funding Program aims to teach communities about Complete Streets and encourage the integration of Complete Streets into regular local planning practices. Since its launch in 2016, 240 municipalities have worked through the program to adopt a local Complete Streets policy and 214 have advanced even further to develop an approved Complete Streets Prioritization Plan. A representative from each municipality registered with the program also attends a training course to learn about Complete Streets.

 

“The Complete Streets Funding Program has now awarded $69.5 million in total funding through 214 grant awards since 2016 to support municipalities in their ongoing efforts to improve their transportation infrastructure, build safe, convenient and easily accessible transportation networks,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “This program continues to advance mobility, connectivity and economic development opportunities throughout the Commonwealth.”

 

“Complete Streets provide important opportunities for communities to achieve their unique transit needs and goals,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “Programs like this support safe connectivity and increased economic activity throughout neighborhoods and we look forward to continuing to work with cities and towns to support local projects.”

 

“MassDOT looks forward to continuing to show our municipal partners that Complete Streets belong everywhere,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Jamey Tesler. “This funding round exemplifies this by supporting a broad range of projects in varying types of community settings.”

 

Today’s announcement regarding the Complete Streets Funding Program provides funding to the following communities:

 

  1. Bellingham received $399,593.35 to implement sidewalk and curb ramp improvements on Harpin Street near South Elementary School, lighting improvements on Appreciation Way, and a new sidewalk on the east side of Access Road from Blackstone Street to the Senior Center.
  2. Blackstone received $400,000.00 to add bicycle lanes and replace sidewalks along Canal Street from the Blackstone River Greenway to Saint Paul Street and along Saint Paul Street from Canal Street to the police and fire stations.
  3. Canton received $399,988.25 to replace approximately 4,000 feet of degraded sidewalk as well as to make additional improvements including new granite curbing, curb ramps, and crosswalks on the east side of Washington Street from High Street to Cobbs Corner and on the west side of Washington Street from High Street to the Shepard Pond Dam.
  4. Dudley received $400,000.00 to widen the path from the fire station on West Main Street to the Mason Street Elementary School, install new sidewalk on the east side of Mason Street from the school to Meadow Road, as well as narrow vehicle travel lanes and reduce curb radii along Mason Street.
  5. Easton received $400,000.00 to install sidewalks with new curb ramps in addition to upgraded crosswalks, signage, and drainage structures on the north and south sides of Lincoln Street from Aspen Hollow Road to Bay Road.
  6. Foxborough received $349,338.00 to reconstruct the intersection of East Street and Cocasset Street and add additional safety improvements such as the relocation of a crosswalk, the addition of a pedestrian activated warning device, and installation of new curb ramps.
  7. Framingham received $400,000.00 to add designated bike lanes along Loring/Western Avenues from Loring Street/Herbert Street/Irving Street intersection south to the Sherborn town line, sidewalks from the intersection to the Adesa Car Auctioning facility, and other safety improvements such as new curb ramps, pedestrian signals, crosswalks, and a connection to the Metrowest Regional Transit Authority (MWRTA) bus stop.
  8. Groton received $363,365.00 to construct a sidewalk along West Main Street (Route 225) that will include two crosswalks and two sets of flashing pedestrian signs from its eastern terminus to the Senior Center and construct a sidewalk along Lowell Road (Route 40) from its eastern terminus near Main Street in the Town Center to Gibbet Hill.
  9. Groveland received $400,000.00 to reconstruct and make safety improvements to the current sidewalk along the west side of School Street and add buffered bicycle lanes where appropriate.
  10. Holden received $146,383.50 to install new sidewalk and curb ramps along the south side of Highland Street from Main Street to Snowberry Street and on the north side of Highland Street between Snowberry Street and Nola Drive, as well as to construct a new sidewalk on the east side of Lovell Road between Dorothy Avenue and Jamieson Road with new curb ramps and crosswalk improvements.
  11. Ipswich received $264,990.00 for pedestrian improvements at High Street/Lord Square and Linebrook Road, including the construction of new sidewalk along the northern side of Linebrook Road between the current sidewalk terminus near Maple Street to the terminus just west of Lord Square as well as the installation of crosswalks, new granite curbing, and a landscaped buffer zone to provide separation between vehicles and pedestrians.
  12. Maynard received $399,014.15 to realign the existing crosswalk with new curb ramps at the intersection of Acton Street and Glendale Street, replace sidewalk along Glendale Street and Colbert Street to provide a connection to Assabet River Walk Trailhead, install new curb ramps and signal upgrades at Nason and Summer Streets, and construct a new sidewalk connection from the Senior Center on Brown Street to the Assabet River Rail Trail via Brown Street.
  13. Middleborough received $400,000.00 to improve safety and access on North Main Street from Reland Street to North Street by providing a path on the north side of the road and a sidewalk on the south side as well as adding other improvements such as new curb ramps, high visibility crosswalks, a Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB), and installing bicycle lanes on the roadway.
  14. Orange received $399,990.00 for pedestrian and bicyclist safety improvements including the replacement of narrow sidewalks, installation of new curbing and crosswalks along the route to the Mahar Regional Highschool, and 0.2 miles of dedicated bike lanes into the commercial center.
  15. Otis received $203,062.00 for the installation of new sidewalks, benches, picnic tables, bicycle racks, and six new radar speed feedback signs at various locations.
  16. Plymouth received $398,395.25 to install sidewalks and close the remaining sidewalk gap between downtown Plymouth and Morton Park and improve on-road bicycle accommodations.
  17. Sharon received $329,551.00 to replace 14 non-ADA-compliant brick crosswalks in downtown Sharon near various schools, the commuter rail, and open spaces.
  18. Sherborn received $160,886.78 to construct a sidewalk along the south side of Sanger Street, connecting to the existing parking area at Sanger Street/South Main Street, build a 15-foot path to connect to South Main Street, and add additional pedestrian safety improvements such as crosswalk striping, curb ramps, as well as adjusting an existing pedestrian peninsula.
  19. Southborough received $379,316.00 to install new rail crossing guards and sidewalk at the pedestrian crossing of the railroad on Main Street, as well as new sidewalks with crosswalks, and bicycle-safe drainage grates.
  20. Spencer received $400,000.00 for sidewalk rehabilitation on Main Street (Route 9) at David Prouty Park and Ash Street including adding a textured crosswalk with a HAWK signal on Main Street, bike rack at the park, transit stops on each side of Main Street, and radar speed feedback signs, as well as sidewalk and ramp improvements on Ash Street from Main Street to Cherry Street.
  21. Sterling received $315,678.63 to install new sidewalks on the north side of Bird Street and Bridge Street, replace an existing sidewalk on the east side of Maple Street, and install other safety improvements such as RRFBs, traffic safety signage, and new curb ramps.
  22. Sturbridge received $383,000.00 to install crosswalks, wayfinding signage, and RRFBs at various locations in town.
  23. Swansea received $396,609.68 to install a sidewalk with curb ramps along the west side of Bark Street in addition to on-road bicycle lanes.
  24. Westwood received $356,813.00 for an extension of the existing sidewalk along the southern side of Downey Street between Booth Drive and Canton Street.

Approximately 40 percent of the total award dollars will fund projects located in environmental justice communities. Environmental justice communities are determined using U.S. Census data and are defined by the Commonwealth as communities in which the median household income is equal to or less than 65 percent of the statewide median, 25 percent or more of the residents identify as a race other than white, or 25 percent or more of households have no one over the age of 14 who speaks English only or very well.

Municipalities may apply for up to $400,000 in construction project funding in one application. Examples of project elements that can be implemented through the program include sidewalks, multimodal paths, bicycle lanes, improved street lighting, and pedestrian signalization at crosswalks or intersections.

 

For more information about the Complete Streets Funding Program, visit www.masscompletestreets.com.

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