Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Complete Streets Funding Program Awards

Two municipalities in the Senate district that I represent are receiving Complete Streets Funding Program funds to enable safe, convenient, and comfortable travel for users of all ages and abilities. These grants to #Groveland and #Ipswich put major improvements within the reach of communities with good management and planning, but limited resources. Now, through the partnership of the Baker - Polito administration, roadways will get the attention they demand, and all of us will get safer and more reliable transportation infrastructure.

Groveland received $400,000 to reconstruct and make safety improvements to the current sidewalk along the west side of School Street and add buffered bicycle lanes where appropriate. 

Ipswich received $264,990 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. 

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation today announced the grants. 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. 

 “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.”