NATICK – The Town of Natick was among 15 communities to be awarded a Complete Street Funding Grant by the Baker-Polito Adminitration today, January 26.
Massachusetts Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack, Highway Administrator Thomas Tinlin, and members of the Massachusetts Legislature announced the second round of awards from the Complete Streets Program at a ceremony was held at the Massachusetts State House.
In total, $5.5 million was awarded to 15 communities in funding for the Complete Streets Funding Program.
Natick will receive $385,584 in funding for improving safety for pedestrians and bicyclists at 13 intersections. The work will include installing a pedestrian-activated signal at the intersection of West Central Street (Route 135) at Boden Lane, installing high-visibility marked crosswalks with pedestrian warning signage and flashing pedestrian beacons at several locations, and upgrading pedestrian signal and bicycle detection equipment at numerous intersections.
“We are pleased to work closely with the Commonwealth’s municipalities to build vibrant neighborhoods and communities that have access to safe and reliable travel while addressing local infrastructure and development priorities,” said Governor Charlie Baker, in a press release. “Through our Complete Streets Program, cities and towns are able to design and develop transportation projects that address their unique needs and help people using all modes of travel get where they need to go.”
“We are very proud to announce the second round of funding for the Complete Streets Program,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “Our administration is committed to encouraging safe and reliable travel, and with our Complete Streets Program, municipalities are empowered to design and build infrastructure projects that improve safety and accessibility, while promoting livability and local economic development goals.”
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.
In September 2016, the Baker-Polito Administration announced the first round of awards from the Complete Streets Program to 11 communities which totaled over $4.4 million.
“MassDOT is continuing to collaborate with communities across Massachusetts and provide them with an opportunity to design streets that contribute towards the safety, health and economic viability of our communities,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “I am very proud of the hard work that has gone into the Complete Streets Program and thankful for the state and local officials, transportation advocates, MassDOT personnel and key stakeholders who have played a role in managing this program and encouraging ‘complete streets’ design principles in transportation projects.”
“The Complete Streets Program is a big step toward improving public health, reducing traffic congestion, and making our streets safer for all travelers whether they are walking, biking, using transit or an automobile,” said Highway Administrator Thomas J. Tinlin. “I thank everyone who has contributed to this program and helped our local communities improve their infrastructure in ways that encourage safe and reliable travel, strengthen our economy and improve our way life.”
The Complete Streets funding awards will be used to fund local, multi-modal infrastructure improvement projects, as identified in each municipality’s submitted Complete Streets Prioritization Plan. Examples of projects that can be addressed through the program include improved street lighting, radar speed signage, intersection signalization, new shared bike paths, designated bicycle lanes, ADA/AAB compliant curb ramps, transit signal prioritization, and transit pedestrian connection improvements such as ramps, signage, and new signals at crosswalks.
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 to request 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, 2016.
To date, 108 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.