Bedford Among 17 Communities to Receive Fourth Round Shared Streets & Spaces Funding

A July 31 press release announced Bedford as one of the 17 Massachusetts communities to receive funding in the fourth round of  Baker-Polito Administration’s Shared Streets & Spaces program funded through Mass DOT.

Bedford’s $62,666 award will be applied to the following projects:

(1) Support new and improved pedestrian signals near the Narrow Gauge Rail Trail and on a school route, with connections to the Bedford Free Public Library, Town Hall, and the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital;

(2) Add delineators to mark bicycle and pedestrian lanes;

(3) Provide cones and temporary paint to three neighborhoods to help residents mark out shared travel space; and

(4) Install parklets on Bedford Common and in other locations.

About the Baker-Polito Administration’s Shared Streets & Spaces Program

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) announced the award of more than $1.3 million for the fourth round of funding in the Baker-Polito Administration’s Shared Streets & Spaces program.

The program, which was launched on June 10, provides technical and funding assistance to help Massachusetts cities and towns conceive, design, and implement tactical changes to curbs, streets, on-street parking spaces, and off-street parking lots in support of public health, safe mobility, and renewed commerce. This fourth round will provide $1.3 million to projects in 17 municipalities, of which 64% are Environmental Justice communities.

The quick-build grant program provides grants as small as $5,000 and as large as $300,000 for municipalities to quickly launch changes to sidewalks, curbs, streets, on-street parking spaces and off-street parking lots in support of public health, safe mobility – including safe walking and biking to schools – and renewed commerce. These improvements can be intentionally temporary, in the style of tactical urbanism, or can be pilots of potentially permanent changes to streets and sidewalks. With the award of this new round of funding, the program will have given out a total of $3 million to fund 38 projects in municipalities across the Commonwealth, of which 71% are Environmental Justice communities.

Click this link to learn about the other communities receiving funding, and about future opportunities under the program.

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