BOSTON – The Baker-Polito Administration’s Department of Transportation today announced awards totaling $5.5 million to 23 communities through the Complete Streets Funding Program. These awards will be used to fund local, multi-modal infrastructure improvement projects, as identified in each municipality’s submitted Complete Streets Prioritization Plan.

“We are proud to announce the latest round of Complete Streets awards to support efforts by cities and towns to upgrade their transportation infrastructure,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “The Complete Streets program enables our municipal partners to improve their roadways, sidewalks, multi-use paths and intersections, so that our infrastructure works for everyone, whether they are driving, cycling, walking or using public transit.”

Dartmouth will receive $200,000 to build new sidewalks and create better connections for pedestrians from Milton Street to the playing fields used by many people, including members of the Dartmouth Youth Athletic Association and the Burgo Basketball Association. The infrastructure improvements will also facilitate better access between the Bliss Corner area neighborhood, the Bliss Corner retail district and the Joseph DeMello School.

“Our Administration is committed to working closely with municipalities to meet their needs,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “This latest round of awards will empower cities and towns to address specific locations which may need ADA improvements, wider sidewalks, bike lanes, cross walks, traffic islands and other infrastructure to make travel safer and easier for people to get around their neighborhoods.”

A “Complete Street” is one that provides safe and accessible options for all travel modes and for all people, taking into account the ages and abilities of individuals. The Baker-Polito Administration has now awarded a total of approximately $23.2 million since creating a funding program for Complete Streets in February 2016.

These Complete Streets funding awards are in addition to $900 million authorized by the Baker-Polito Administration in Chapter 90 local transportation funding for cities and towns since 2015. In addition, $21.2 million has also been awarded through the Administration’s Small Bridge Program, which was announced in 2016 and allows municipalities to repair or replace their small bridges which are not eligible for federal funding.

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