Twelve communities – including Somerville, Medford and Chelsea – received grants totaling $1 million from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ newly created Shared Streets and Spaces program.
Administered through MassDOT, the $5 million program offers grants as small as $5,000 and as large as $300,000 for cities and towns to quickly implement or expand improvements to sidewalks, curbs, streets, on-street parking spaces and off-street parking lots in support of public health, safe mobility, and renewed commerce in their communities.
About $4 million in funding is still available under the Shared Streets and Spaces program. MassDOT will continue to accept applications for new projects on a rolling basis until Sept. 29.
The other nine communities that received grants are Buckland, Lexington, Lowell, Nantucket, Natick, Northampton, Provincetown, Wareham and Webster.
Somerville is using its grant to create a dedicated bus lane and protected bicycle lanes at the intersection of Washington Street and McGrath Highway. Medford will expand outdoor dining options, including safety improvements, ADA compliance and beautification efforts. Chelsea is improving walking routes to its elementary school complex on Eastern Avenue and Browne Middle School near the Route 1 viaduct for an anticipated increase in students walking to school, as well as temporary pedestrian safety upgrades at multiple intersections.
Here’s the Massachusetts Municipal Association’s (MMA) summary: