State funding to support multi-modal, ADA roadway improvements
BOSTON – Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury) and Representative David H.A. LeBoeuf (D-Worcester) announced that the Massachusetts Department of Transportation has awarded the Town of Leicester funding to assist with muti-modal and accessibility improvements. A total of $335,748 was awarded to the community through the Complete Streets Funding Program.
“As a former selectman, I know all-too-well how critical this funding is to support local infrastructure repairs,” said Senator Moore. “The anticipated improvements made possible by this grant funding will expand multi-modal transportation opportunities and help ensure that all members of the community have safe, accessible opportunities to move about.”
“This is an exciting opportunity to improve accessibility and access to public spaces,” said Representative LeBoeuf. “It is great to see the Town of Leicester taking initiate to improve the quality of life of all of its residents, and I’m proud that the state can support this endeavor.”
This grant funding will support multi-modal improvements such as constructing a shared use path, bike lanes, sidewalks, and raised crosswalks around the Town Commons to provide connections to the Town Hall, First Congregational Church, Becker College, and the Public Library. The shared use path will be constructed on the northbound side of Paxton Street to provide a safe and comfortable option for walking and biking. In addition, the existing crosswalks and curb ramps at the intersection of Paxton Street and Winslow Avenue will be reconstructed for ADA compliance and improved visibility.
The funding will also be applied to improvements at Washburn Square including the construction of raised crosswalks at the northern end of the Commons to the Town Hall building, at the southeast corner of the Commons across Main Street, and east of the Commons at the Becker College entrance. Bicycle lanes will also be installed around the Washburn Square loop to promote multi-modal travel in the highly utilized area.
To learn more about the Complete Streets Funding Program, please visit the state’s website by clicking below.