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complete-streets-announce-lt-gov-september-29-2017-jpgLieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Acting Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver, members of the Legislature, and local officials announced the third round of awards through the Complete Streets Funding Program. A ceremony was held in Chelmsford to formally award a total of $7.8 million to 22 communities.

“Our administration is proud to fund these important infrastructure improvements that make our communities safer for families and the traveling public,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “The Complete Streets program works with our local partners to provide critical investments and upgrades to local roads, trails, and sidewalks, making it easier and safer for those traveling by car, bike, foot or public transit to work, school and other activities.”

“By collaborating with cities and towns and providing municipal leaders with funding through the Complete Streets Program, we are increasing connectivity in our communities,” said Lieutenant Governor Polito. “We are pleased to announce the third round of awards which will help improve over 200 intersections and crosswalks and add 16 miles of new or reconstructed sidewalks and trails that make our municipalities safer to travel in.”

A “Complete Street” is one that provides safe and accessible options for all travel modes and for all people, taking into account the ages and abilities of individuals. The Baker-Polito Administration has now awarded a total of approximately $17.7 million since creating a funding program for Complete Streets in February 2016. In September 2016, the Administration announced $4.4 million in the first round of awards, and then $5.5 million in the second round in January 2017.

The third round of projects will create nine miles of new or reconstructed sidewalk, as well as seven miles of new bicycle and multimodal paths, and 174 new or improved crosswalks. Thirty-eight intersections will be improved with new safety infrastructure, and there will traffic calming measures installed at 15 different locations throughout the Commonwealth.

“We appreciate Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito’s commitment to investing in our transportation infrastructure and ensuring that people throughout the Commonwealth are able to reach their homes, businesses, friends, and families,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “Complete Streets are important not only because they represent an upgrade in city and town infrastructure, but because they build roads and sidewalks which are user-friendly, allowing all groups of people to utilize their preferred mode of travel including bicycling, walking, public transit, or driving.”

“The Complete Streets Funding Program and the infrastructure improvements made possible by the Baker-Polito Administration are helping to increase safety and accessibility throughout our transportation network, reduce congestion, and improve our quality of life,” said Acting Highway Administrator Gulliver. “MassDOT is pleased to work hand in hand with municipalities throughout Massachusetts and help provide them with resources to make multimodal these important upgrades to our roads, sidewalks, intersections, and multimodal trails.”

These funding awards are in addition to over $2.8 billion spent by the Baker-Polito Administration since 2015 on highway construction projects and bridges, pavement, intersection and sidewalk improvements, and bike lanes, and over $700 million in Chapter 90 local transportation funding for cities and towns. $16 million has also been awarded through the Administration’s Small Bridge Program, which was announced in 2016, and allows municipalities to repair or replace their small bridges which are not eligible for federal funding. Statewide, those investments have paved approximately 2,000 lane miles, enough to cross Massachusetts and back at least 5 times; installed 160 miles of sidewalk, almost encircling the Quabbin Reservoir; and rehabilitated or replaced approximately 80 bridges.

The Complete Streets Funding Program was launched on February 1, 2016.  To date, 134 municipalities have approved policies and 84 have approved Prioritization Plans. The Complete Streets Funding Awards will be used to fund local, multi-modal infrastructure improvement projects, as identified in each municipality’s submitted Complete Streets Prioritization Plan. Examples of projects that can be addressed through the program include improved street lighting, radar speed signage, intersection signalization, new multimodal paths and new signals at crosswalks.

Municipal Complete Streets third round funding locations and descriptions:

 Agawam is receiving $400,000 to improve O’Brien’s Corner, an important pedestrian and cyclist hub near local schools, parks, commercial destinations, and bus stops. Improvements include shifting and installing high-visibility crosswalks and improved pedestrian signals, constructing or reconstructing sidewalks, traffic calming and tightening of the intersection, and installing a two-way, separated bicycle facility on Springfield Street.

 Cambridge is receiving $400,000 to make improvements to Dudley Street, a key pedestrian and bicycle connection between a residential neighborhood, athletic and recreational locations, local schools, multimodal trails, and public transit stops.  The work includes constructing new sidewalks and crosswalks, tightening corner radii and installing curb extensions to decrease crossing distances for pedestrians, and raising crosswalks to reduce vehicle speeds.

 Chelmsford is receiving $327,129 to install additional crosswalks at the intersection of North Road and Parkhurst Road, reconstruct and improve the sidewalk on Billerica Road between Chelmsford Village Center and the Center Elementary School, and extend the existing sidewalk on Richardson Road north from Edgelawn Avenue to Princeton Street, (Route 3A). These improvements will provide better protection for multimodal travel, facilitate safer alternative routes for pedestrians, and provide increased connectivity between local schools.

 Clinton is receiving $399,975 for the reconstruction of Franklin Street, a project which is also leveraging Chapter 90 funds to link Clinton’s most populous neighborhood of Burdett Hill to recently completed improvements on Pleasant and lower School Street. This is providing a vital connection to downtown and area schools and businesses. The work will include installing a sidewalk, making crossing improvements on Grove, School and Park Street, and creating an east-west bicycle and pedestrian connection between Chestnut Street and Main Street.

 Framingham is receiving $396,116 to carry out Phase Two of the Dudley-Mt. Wayte Corridor Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvement Project.  Phase One of this project was funded through the Complete Streets Funding Program in Fiscal Year 2017. Phase Two will finish the path and add street bike lanes on Mt. Wayte Avenue. This will connect neighborhoods and make the path safe and accessible for all modes of transportation and link residents to recreational facilities, downtown stores, a commuter rail station, and schools in the area.

Groton is receiving $339,270 to implement traffic calming measures on Main Street, build a sidewalk on Long Hill Road, and put in place bicycle repair stations at the Nashua River Rail Trail.  The work will consist of installing thirty-two ADA compliant ramps, six crosswalks and six sets of Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFBs) along Main Street, along with six flashing solar speed limit signs.

 Hudson is receiving $400,000 to fill a major network gap by installing sidewalks on Park Street and Chapin Road, making it safer and more convenient to walk from residential neighborhoods to Hudson High School and nearby athletic facilities. The project also includes striping a crosswalk along the east side of Chapin Road, replacing four existing pedestrian crossing signs, and installing five new bicycle racks in downtown for convenient access to businesses, Town Hall, Hudson’s library and Riverside Park.

 Hull is receiving $399,586 to reconstruct sidewalks on Nantasket Avenue. This avenue is the main thoroughfare linking the Pemberton Point area to residential and commercial areas, recreational opportunities, and the mainland. This project will create new bicycle lanes, improve crossings, and increase accessibility on this heavily used pedestrian corridor.

 Lancaster is receiving $264,300 to make key pedestrian improvements along Main Street and install bicycle racks to encourage active transportation throughout the community. The improvements will include reconstructing sidewalks on Main Street, and installing high-visibility crosswalks, curb ramps and tactile warning panels.

 Leominster is receiving $399,933 to make pedestrian and bicycle safety and accessibility improvements at several locations throughout the town to increase connectivity along vital corridors to key destinations such as schools, the Senior Center, City Hall and the District Court House. This includes reconstructing and constructing new sidewalks, installing pedestrian crossings, intersection warning signage, flashing beacons, and putting in place new bicycle racks.

 Lincoln is receiving $400,000 to implement town-wide multi-modal enhancements to greatly improve pedestrian, transit and cyclist accessibility, safety and mobility. These improvements will consist of building new shared-use path segments, installing new sidewalks, improving access to Lincoln Station, adding informational kiosks, wayfinding signage, bike repair stations, and bicycle racks at key locations.

Marlborough is receiving $388,710 to renovate Forest Street and Bartlett Street to provide bicycle lanes, connecting residential areas to large office parks, the Richer Elementary School, and recreational areas.  These funds will also allow the construction of a new sidewalk and improved shoulder on D’Angelo Drive and will pay for the installation of two radar speed signs and curb ramps.

Mendon is receiving $399,118 to revitalize the Village Center by improving safety and access for townspeople accessing local services and attractions. Mendon will combine this award with Chapter 90 funds to repair and construct new sidewalks on Main and Maple Streets, reduce the complexity and crossing distance of two crosswalks in order to meet a future transit connection, reduce the turning radii at the Town Hall to lower vehicle speeds, install a speed table, install three highly visible crosswalks and three radar speed feedback signs, and provide bicycle parking.

Newton is receiving $147,500 to make crossing signal upgrades at priority locations throughout the local community. These improvements will increase safety and promote reliable travel for pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, and vehicles between businesses, schools, churches, transit stops, and athletic fields.

North Adams is receiving $400,000 to increase safety for pedestrians and bicyclists by replacing existing sidewalks and installing new bicycle lanes from the North Adams/Clarksburg border south to the intersection with Union Street, (Route 2). After these upgrades, the Route 8 corridor of Clarksburg and the northern section of North Adams will be linked to the vast sidewalk network of the North Adams City center and business corridors, complementing the current city-wide effort to install ADA compliant ramps.

North Reading is receiving $384,140 to construct a new sidewalk on Haverhill Street from Foley Drive to North Street and put in place radar speed signs at Central Street, Lowell Road and Marblehead Street. These improvements will help connect pedestrians and travelers to numerous local attractions including businesses, local schools, town center, library, post office, police and fire stations, and senior housing.

Salem is receiving $399,104 to redesign the intersection of Lafayette Street, Loring and West Avenue which is a high-volume pedestrian, auto and bicycle intersection between Salem State University and the South Salem neighborhood. Improvements will include new bicycle lanes, pedestrian ramps, crosswalks, a curb extension, and new traffic signal and pedestrian signal equipment.

Spencer is receiving $218,791 to make safety and accessibility accommodations on Main Street.  These upgrades will include a new bus pull-out and transit shelter, new sidewalks, crosswalks, pavement markings and signage that separate accommodations for bicycles, pedestrians, and transit modes.

Sunderland is receiving $394,972 to install new pedestrian infrastructure along the Sunderland Village Center corridor in order to safely move users to their destinations and foster connectivity between transportation networks. This includes constructing sidewalk extensions, crosswalks, covered bus shelters, and bicycle parking. These upgrades will facilitate better multimodal access to area businesses, apartment complexes, local schools, and a Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA) bus stop.

Tisbury is receiving $371,851 to make multi-modal improvements at the Steamship Authority (SSA) Terminal and other key locations to better allow pedestrians and bicyclists to travel throughout the local community. These upgrades include widening sidewalks at the SSA Terminal, removing a southbound lane on a section of Water Street, extending curbs to shorten pedestrian crossing distances, upgrading bus shelters, and expanding the shared-use path between Beach Street and Veteran’s Memorial Park.

West Springfield is receiving $384,200 to upgrade pedestrian crossings along Park Avenue/Park Street, a vital connection through the downtown area of West Springfield for all transportation modes, including pedestrians, cyclists, and transit users. These upgraded crossings will include shorter crossing distances, high visibility crosswalks, Rectangular Rapid Flashing and Beacons (RRFBs).  The money will also create sidewalks on Van Deene Avenue.

Westwood is receiving $175,000 to improve safety and increase pedestrian access at the intersection of High Street, (Route 109) and North Street by eliminating the right turn slip lane from High Street to North Street and reducing the curb radii along the North Street northbound approach. Additionally, the project will construct sidewalks and install highly visible crosswalks and pavement markings.

 Please visit the Complete Streets website for additional informationCheck the Complete Streets Map for the status of community participation and documents

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