The Baker-Polito administration announced that $5.54 million has been awarded to 16 Massachusetts communities in the first round of fiscal year 2023 grants for the Complete Streets Funding Program.
These grants will be used by the recipient municipalities to finance local multimodal infrastructure projects that improve travel for cyclists, pedestrians, public transit users and people using other modes of transportation. This is the 13th overall grant cycle for this program since the administration launched the program in 2016.
“The Complete Streets Funding Program has now awarded more than $83 million in total funding through 444 technical assistance and construction grants since 2016 to support municipalities in their ongoing efforts to improve their transportation infrastructure, build safe, convenient and easily accessible transport networks and to facilitate the economy. development opportunities,” Governor Charlie Baker said. “This program continues to advance mobility and connectivity across the Commonwealth.”
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 the launch of the complete streets funding program in 2016, 252 municipalities have worked through the program to adopt a local complete streets policy and 222 have moved further to develop an approved complete streets prioritization plan. A representative from each municipality registered in the program also undergoes training to become familiar with complete streets.
“MassDOT is pleased to continue working with city leaders to encourage the installation of infrastructure to help create ‘complete streets’ everywhere,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Jamey Tesler. “We want everyone in every city and town in the Commonwealth to have pavements, crosswalks and other features that make it easy and safe to get where they want to go.”
Today’s announcement of the Complete Streets Funding Program provides funding to the following communities:
- Easthampton received $286,000 to improve crosswalk connections along Holyoke Street. Intersections will be enhanced to include ADA-compliant curb ramps, fast-flashing rectangular beacons, and high-visibility pavement markings. Sidewalks will also be replaced or added along the north side of East Green Street and the south side of Allen Street.
- Franklin received $89,700 to install rectangular rapid flashing beacons at the Southern New England Trunk Line footpath crossing and existing crosswalk on Lincoln Street, as well as to add bicycle parking in several locations.
- Gardner received $400,000 to install a multi-purpose path. The path will connect the Gardner Veterans Arena along Crystal Lake to the existing National Grid electrical substation.
- Georgetown received $395,618 to install/upgrade rectangular fast flashing beacons, speed return signs, crosswalks and curb ramps along North Street.
- Holbrook received $398,807 for pedestrian improvements, rectangular quick-burst beacons, and street trees along North and South Franklin Streets.
- Holliston received $399,693 to install and repair sidewalks, curb ramps, crosswalks and rectangular fast flashing beacons on Central Street, as well as install bicycle parking at Holliston Grill and place traffic signs. Speedback on Woodland Street and Norfolk Street.
- Kingston received $399,599 to make pedestrian improvements at the intersection of Route 106, Route 27 and Evergreen Street.
- Lincoln received $268,865 for a shared-use road extension to a community farm along Codman Road.
- Milton received $277,577 for improvements to the intersection of Brook Road, Central Avenue and Reedsdale Road near Highway 28.
- North Andover received $397,271 to rebuild the intersection of Chadwick Street, High Street and North Street.
- Oxford received $224,000 to install ADA-compliant sidewalks and ramps from Sigeorney Street to Freemont Street and rebuild sidewalks on Main Street. Feedback signs will also be installed on Main Street and Sutton Avenue.
- Pepperell was awarded $400,000 to add sidewalks, crosswalks, rectangular speed markers, and improve the overall roundabout geometry at Routes 111 and 113.
- Raynham received $400,000 for a shared-use trail with accessible ramps, crosswalks and rectangular fast flashing markers. The shared-use trail will provide pedestrian and bicycle access to Raynham Senior Center, the Public Safety Building and Borden Colony Playgrounds.
- Sandwich received $400,000 to resurface the intersection of Forestdale Road and Meetinghouse Road, add bike lanes, rebuild sidewalks, and add countdown signals for crosswalks.
- Taunton received $400,000 for improvements on Weir Street between First Street and Harrison Street. Improvements include the addition of painted bike lanes, road resurfacing and rebuilt sidewalks.
- Tewksbury received $400,000 to fill gaps in the pedestrian network between Fiske Street and Andover Street.
Approximately 60 percent of the total dollars awarded 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 at or below 65% of the state median, 25% or more residents identify as a race other than white. , or 25% or more of households have no one over the age of 14 who speaks only or very good English.
Municipalities can apply for up to $400,000 in funding for a construction project in a single application. Examples of project elements that can be implemented under the program include sidewalks, multi-modal paths, cycle paths, improved street lighting, and pedestrian signage at crosswalks or at intersections.