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Baker-Polito Administration Highlights Transportation Municipal Grant Programs

 FRAMINGHAM – Tuesday, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Transportation Secretary and CEO Jamey Tesler, Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver, Framingham Mayor Charlie Sisitsky and other officials joined community members in Framingham to highlight the successes achieved through several Baker-Polito Administration municipal grant programs and to showcase grants awarded to the city. Grant programs including the Complete Streets Funding Program, Shared Streets and Spaces, Municipal Small Bridge, Municipal Pavement and Local Bottleneck Reduction have served to significantly improve the quality of the Commonwealth’s transportation network.

In addition to the $1.56 billion in annual municipal transportation aid provided since 2015 through the Chapter 90 Program, the Baker/Polito Administration has facilitated the investment of an additional $178 million through current and future innovative grant opportunities targeted at addressing various municipal needs or transforming local roadways into multimodal networks as outlined below.

“Our municipal grant programs for transportation needs have demonstrated what we can accomplish by working together with our partners at the local level,” said Governor Charlie Baker.  “Municipal grants have helped cities and towns create safe spaces outside to help with physical-distancing as we reopen our economy during the pandemic, have improved the safety for all travelers and truly make for ‘complete streets’ in our communities.”

“I was pleased to celebrate these grants in Framingham and to highlight the work our municipal leaders have accomplished in partnership with the Administration to help build and repair transportation infrastructure,” said Lt. Governor Polito.  “Municipalities best know what their needs are, and the Administration has been glad to partner with city and town leaders on grant programs which improve transportation infrastructure, help stimulate local economies and allow the public to move around in a safer manner whether people walk, bike, take public transportation or drive.”

“We have appreciated the creativity and innovative ideas from city and town leaders who have proposed projects that help make it safer for people to move around in their communities,” said Secretary Tesler.  “The Administration’s competitive transportation grant programs have been successful because municipal leaders are actively involved in thinking about ways to make the streets, sidewalks, and other areas work better and work safer for people so that the shared space has accommodations for pedestrians, bicyclists, and all other travelers.”

“I want to express my sincere gratitude to the Baker-Polito Administration and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation for awarding grants to the City of Framingham,” said Mayor Sisitsky. “With this funding, we are providing much-needed accessibility for underserved areas, including with Complete Streets funding, in south Framingham, connecting pedestrians, cyclists, and commuters with access to public bus transit, jobs, and our downtown.”

    • The Complete Streets Program:  Encourages, educates, and funds communities to incorporate Complete Streets principles into regular local planning and design practices, ensuring safe and accessible travel for all local roadway users regardless of age or ability. The program offers technical assistance and construction project grants to incentivize permanent change.
      • Start: Since 2016, the program has awarded a total of $77.4 million through 418 grant awards. That includes 204 grants for technical assistance and 214 grants for construction projects. This translates to many miles of new sidewalks, trails, paths, and bicycle lanes as well as safety improvements including pedestrian crossings, intersection reconfigurations, road diets, and much more.
      • Now: On December 22, 2021, the program awarded 24 construction project grants to partner communities totaling $8.45 million.
      • Future:  2021 Transportation Bond Bill authorization: $50 million; Fiscal Year 2022 Capital Investment Plan: $10 million.

 

    • Municipal Small Bridge Program: Provides financial support for the replacement, preservation, and rehabilitation of small bridges across the Commonwealth. Program offers grants for both design and construction funding.
      • Start: Program was launched in 2016 to provide much needed support to communities by awarding $50 million through 117 grants.
      • Now: Set to relaunch and begin accepting new applications February 1, 2022. Applications will be accepted until April 1, 2022. Program relaunch will offer communities more support than ever before by connecting design awardees directly with MassDOT design consultants. This is just another example of MassDOT providing support to municipalities beyond just funding.
      • Future: 2021 Transportation Bond Bill authorization: $70 million; Fiscal Year 2022 Capital Investment Plan: $10 million.

 

    • Shared Streets and Spaces Program:  A growing competitive grant program for municipalities and transit authorities in support of public health, safe mobility, and renewed commerce in municipalities. The program funds a broad range of projects, allowing municipalities to easily rethink their transportation networks and implement unique improvements that suit their needs. Project types include bicycle and pedestrian facilities, outdoor dining and programing infrastructure, to transit improvements.
      • Start: The program was launched in June of 2020 as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the program’s start, 310 grants have been awarded, totaling $33 million. The Administration created quick and major on the ground change where it was needed most. Awarding this many grants in a relatively short period of time is a huge achievement and demonstrates the commitment of everyone involved to improving the communities we live in.
      • Now: Program launched a new funding round on Monday, January 10, 2022. Applications will be accepted through March 1.  Continuing partnership with the Barr Foundation to provide applicants with free Technical Assistance throughout the application process.
      • Future: 2021 Transportation Bond Bill authorization: $20 million; Fiscal Year 2022 Capital Investment Plan: $4 million.

 

    • Municipal Pavement Program: A new funding program that targets improvements to the condition of municipally owned state numbered routes. Project types include resurfacing, mill and overlay, preservation, and other pavement improvement work on local roadways. Based on pavement condition data, MassDOT annually selects the roadway segments to be improved, in coordination with the municipality, by MassDOT contractors to make the process as easy as possible for communities.
      • Now: New program and the Fiscal Year 2022 program will fund pavement improvements covering over 100 lane miles.
      • Future: 2021 Transportation Bond Bill authorization: $125 million; Fiscal Year 2022 Capital Investment Plan: $15 million.

 

    • The Local Bottleneck Reduction Program:  A new program that funds innovative solutions to local congestion bottlenecks at signalized intersections to improve traffic flow and safety. Typical projects could include signal retiming, Transit Signal Priority equipment, vehicle detection, and wireless coordination. Through this competitive grant program, MassDOT will work with municipalities and provide resources to complete and implement awarded projects.
      • Now: New program and the first round of funding for this program began in the Fall of 2021 with applications due in November 2021. Candidates for funding are currently being evaluated via site visits in 20 communities.
      • Future:  2021 Transportation Bond Bill authorization: $50 million; Fiscal Year 2022 Capital Investment Plan: $2.5 million.

 

The City of Framingham was also recognized at today’s event for applying for and receiving approximately $2.4 million dollars in the multiple municipal grant program funding since 2016, specifically:

    • Shared Streets and Spaces Program: $715,302 for sidewalks, new curbing, ADA accessibility curb ramp and other improvements, and traffic calming initiatives.
    • Complete Streets Funding Program: $1,196,115.63 for multi-use paths, sidewalks, pedestrian signal improvements, and other safety enhancements.
    • Municipal Small Bridge Program: $500,000 for the replacement of the Beaver Street Bridge over Beaver Dam Brook.

Additional information about the Baker-Polito Administration’s municipal grant programs for transportation needs can be found online: www.mass.gov.

Information about announcements concerning municipal grant programs managed by MassDOT can be found on the MassDOT blog, including information about the new round of funding available with Shared Streets and Spaces: https://blog.mass.gov/transportation/uncategorized/massdot-announces-new-funding-round-for-shared-streets-and-spaces-program/

 

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