The Massachusetts Department of Transportation announced an award of almost $1.2 million in the final round of funding from the Baker-Polito Administration’s Shared Streets & Spaces program.
The program, which was launched on June 10, provides technical and funding assistance to help Massachusetts cities and towns conceive, design, and implement tactical changes to curbs, streets, on-street parking spaces and off-street parking lots in support of public health, safe mobility, and renewed commerce.
With the award of this final round of funding, the program will have given out a total of $10.2 million to fund 124 projects in 103 municipalities across the Commonwealth, of which 60% are Environmental Justice communities.
The Town of Somerset was awarded $12,100 to support dedicated bike lanes along Brayton Avenue and Read Street to promote outdoor activity and provide additional transportation options.
“Many communities have demonstrated their creativity to create safe spaces for outdoor dining, safe connections to businesses and workplaces and expanded space for all transit options—from buses to bikes through the Shared Streets and Spaces grant program,” said Governor Baker.
“We are pleased that these grants can provide safe and responsible improvements while helping to stimulate our businesses and help people feel more comfortable moving about safely,” he continued.
This new round will provide $1.18 million to projects in 17 municipalities, of which 65% are Environmental Justice communities.
“Now more than ever, it’s important to continue to support small businesses and restaurants which make up the fabric of our communities by shopping and dining locally,” said Lieutenant Governor Polito. “We will continue to work with our partners at the local level and support the needs of all 351 of Massachusetts cities and towns.”
304 applications were submitted by 279 municipalities, for a total of $34 million requested.
“The Baker-Polito Administration’s Shared Streets and Spaces Emergency Grant Program has held an overwhelming response from cities and towns,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack.
“This program has really stretched our thinking about how all of us can work together to make our streets, sidewalks, and parking areas serve as many diverse purposes as possible for as many different kinds of needs as possible.”