BOSTON – Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack, Highway Administrator Thomas Tinlin, and members of the Legislature today, Sept. 21, announced grant funding from the Complete Streets Program to 11 participating municipalities, including Framingham.
A ceremony was held at the Massachusetts State House to distribute funding for the Complete Streets Funding Program. Framingham Town Manager Bob Halpin attended the ceremony.
“We’re proud of the efforts our administration has taken to make Massachusetts a better place to live and work, and the Complete Streets Program is another way that we can do that in our neighborhoods and city and town centers,” said Governor Charlie Baker, in a statement. “We also understand that cities and towns know their communities better than anyone, and with the Complete Streets Program, they are empowered to design for the unique needs of their residents, commuters and the traveling public.”
“We are very excited to provide municipalities with the first round of funding for the Complete Streets Program,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, in a press release. “The Complete Streets Program provides municipalities with an opportunity to identify and develop key transportation improvement projects that seek to increase the safety, accessibility, and reliability of multi-modal transportation for residents across the Commonwealth.”
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 Complete Streets grant funding awards will be used to fund local, multi-modal infrastructure improvement projects, as identified in each municipality’s submitted Complete Streets Prioritization Plan.
Framingham will receive funding to build a section of a two-way multi-use path originating just north of the intersection of Fountain Street and Dudley Road and continuing along the east side of Dudley Road, terminating at Dr. Harvey L. Cushing Way.
The multi-use path will link Framingham residents in nearby neighborhoods to downtown transit, employers, and schools, and provide access to major Town recreation amenities.
“MassDOT is pleased to partner with municipalities across the Commonwealth to offer the Complete Streets Program to help communities make much needed transportation improvements,” said Transportation Secretary & CEO Stephanie Pollack, in a press release. “I would like to thank all of the state and local officials, civic and community leaders, and members of the MassDOT staff who have helped to streamline the program, and highlight the need to incorporate ‘complete streets’ into design and planning projects.”
Complete Streets Program requirements include the attendance by municipalities at an initial program workshop, passage of a Complete Streets Policy that scores 80 or above out of a possible 100 points (Tier 1), and the development of a Complete Streets Prioritization Plan (Tier 2). Upon completion of these requirements, a municipality is eligible for construction funds (Tier 3). Through the program, a municipality is eligible for up to $50,000 for technical assistance, and up to $400,000 for construction funding with additional consideration in the qualification process for Community Compact communities.
The Complete Streets Funding Program was launched on February 1 of this year. To date, 91 municipalities have approved policies and 27 have approved Prioritization Plans. MassDOT has developed a full Complete Streets Funding Program Guidance document that explains the program requirements, model policy guidance and scoring system, and eligible infrastructure. A two way interactive online portal has been developed to guide and assist municipalities through the Policy Development, Prioritization Plan and Project Approval Tiers of the program.
The available funding for Complete Streets is $12.5 million to be used through Fiscal Years 2016 and 2017. Per the authorizing legislation in the 2014 Transportation Bond Bill, MassDOT is required to distribute one-third of the monies to municipalities below the median household income.