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Saturday, July 24, 2021

Karyn Polito announces more than $6 million in funding for ‘Complete Streets’ program

Lieutenant Governor Karen Polito on Tuesday announced more than $6 million in funding for 18 municipalities through a “complete roads” program at a busy Newburyport intersection, helping cities and towns complete road infrastructure projects. Designed to do what they couldn’t afford on their own.

Polito, standing in for the Republican Governors Association convention as acting governor for Charlie Baker while in Aspen, Colo., said the program is “designed to fill in the gaps where local officials want to do certain things, but Due to insufficient resources or guidance from the state, these needs are unable to be met,” she said.

The program began in February 2016 and has since invested $61 million in 190 projects, including the intersection of Parker and State Streets in Newburyport. According to Polito, with the $400,000 prize awarded last year, the city was able to make the intersection safer for people, cars and cyclists, while allowing residents access to the newly completed Clipper City Rail Trail and commuter rail stops in the city. was adding.

Newburyport Mayor Donna Holladay said funding is especially important when looking at pedestrians calamity Which happened near that site in 2016.

The 18 municipalities that have received funding from completed roads are in alphabetical order: Auburn, Brookfield, Cambridge, East Bridgewater, Fairhaven, Lancaster, Lennox, Medford, Milbury, Natick, North Brookfield, Northbridge, Norwell, Rutland, Springfield, Uxbridge, Whatley and Winchendon.

“It is time for a change in how we think about our roads, and how we think about our shared spaces, and between biking, walking, and traveling by car, and connections to a nearby train station. Seeing real growth and connections,” said Acting DOT Secretary Jamie Tesler.

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