Wednesday, July 21, 2021

$6.5 Million Awarded to Select Municipalities in Shared Streets and Spaces Program

First launched during the summer of 2020 from funding adopted by the House and Senate, the Shared Streets and Spaces Program was established last June and was immediately popular with Massachusetts cities and towns. 

Groveland and Ipswich were included for funding in this round. 

#Groveland received $59,452 to construct new and safer sidewalks and crosswalks in Elm Square and surrounding neighborhoods. 

#Ipswich received $18,000 to install a pedestrian safety beacon and crosswalk for the segment of Topsfield Road located between Bradley Palmer State Park and Willowdale State Forest. 

The Shared Streets and Spaces Program awards funds in these four categories: 

Main Streets - Invest in local downtowns and villages by repurposing streets, plazas, sidewalks, curbs, and parking areas to facilitate outdoor activities and summer programming, including but not limited to facilities for eating, shopping, play, and community events and spaces for all ages; 

Safe Streets and Paths - Make our streets safe for people to walk, bike, and ride public transit; 

Better Buses - Establish new facilities for public buses and bus stop shelters; 

Shared Mobility - Support the capital costs of equipment for new bikeshare and micromobility share programs.