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January 29, 2020

Seven Central Mass. communities split $2M transportation funding

Photo | Google Water Street in Clinton will receive road and sidewalk improvements thanks to state funding.

Seven communities in Central Massachusetts are among two dozen across the state to win $8.1 million in state transportation funding announced Tuesday.

Ashburnham, Clinton, Fitchburg, Hudson, Lunenberg, Webster and West Brookfield all secured funds, taking in a combined $2 million.

The funds were given as part of the state's Complete Streets program, so named because roadway improvements are designed to accommodate all modes of transportation, including bicyclists, pedestrians, and public transit.

The Central Massachusetts recipients:
Ashburnham, Main Street pedestrian improvements, $333,832: Projects include constructing a new sidewalk with granite curb, restriping to provide wider travel lanes for traffic calming and provision of bicycle-safe drain grates and adding wide grass strips in several locations. 
Clinton, Water Street bicycle and pedestrian network connection, $282,575: The project will enlarge and improve sidewalks, improve crosswalks and midblock crossings, improve one intersection, install pedestrian-scale lighting, provide a pedestrian rest area, and install roadway markings and signage for shared bicycle use of Water Street.
Fitchburg, Main Street and Electric Avenue corridor improvements, $399,600: The Main Street comprehensive corridor improvements project includes installing curb extensions, installing pedestrian crossing beacons, upgrading and installing regulatory and wayfinding signage, modifying crosswalk configurations to increase side street pedestrian visibility, installing new crosswalks and repairing sidewalks. The Electric Avenue multimodal improvements will connect two separate bicycle/pedestrian facilities together at the Coggshall Park entrance by upgrading sidewalks, installing a midblock pedestrian beacon and wayfinding signage.
Hudson, town-wide accessibility and connectivity improvements, $366,355: Hudson will construct a new sidewalk and provide pedestrian and handicap access to the fire, police and public works offices. New striping, pedestrian crossing warning signage, and curb ramp reconstruction at existing marked crosswalk locations will be included. A new sidewalk will be constructed providing safer pedestrian access downtown.
Lunenburg, new pedestrian network and transit access, $258,460: The intersection of Main and Highland streets will be reconfigured to shorten pedestrian crossing distances and reduce vehicle speeds. Sidewalks will be added and gaps in the sidewalks will be filled.
Webster, commercial district safety improvements, $368,377: The project fills this important network gap from Paradis Lane to Thompson Road by constructing a new sidewalk, striping new crosswalks across Paradis Lane and installing pedestrian warning beacons.
West Brookfield, reconstruction of West Main Street, $383,228: The project will provide bicycle, pedestrian and traffic calming improvements along a section of West Main. Crossings will be shortened and rectangular rapid flashing beacons will be provided at crossings along West Main Street. A solar-powered flashing speed limit sign will help slow vehicles when entering the project area.

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