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ASHLAND, MA – The Town of Ashland is pleased to announce that it is the recipient of a $311,000 competitive grant from the Baker/Polito Complete Streets Program. The Complete Streets Program, started in 2016, encourages cities and towns to provide safe and accessible options for all travel modes and all people, taking into account the ages and abilities of individuals.
The award fully funds the Town’s request for six projects town-wide as part of its Complete Streets Prioritization Plan.
Town Manager Michael Herbert states, “these projects not only address previously identified road and traffic safety issues but also helps to prepare the town for the future with enhanced bicycle and pedestrian access, and ties into currently ongoing initiatives such as the downtown streetscape improvements and school safety initiative.” Work on the projects will start in the Fall of 2018.
Selectman Yolanda Greaves, Town Planner Sheila Page, and DPW Director Doug Small put together the prioritization plan and funding application utilizing a variety of different inputs, including feedback from the Roadway Traffic Safety Committee, the Upper Charles Trail Committee, and a new “Wikimapping” instrument to gain resident feedback on problem areas in town.
The grant application was also the first time the Town of Ashland was able to utilize its “Housing Choice” designation from the state, earning the Town extra points in the competitive grant process. “Both the Complete Streets and Housing Choice programs are ways that the Baker/Polito Administration is exhibiting leadership in addressing needs throughout Ashland and the Commonwealth and we appreciate their recognition of our efforts.”