On July 27, 2016, the Town of Arlington was awarded $400,000 from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) under the “Complete Streets” program. Funds will be used to build new sidewalks, improve existing sidewalks, install curb ramps for handicapped accessibility, and other pedestrian improvements on Gray Street between Oakland Avenue and Lockeland Avenue. Special attention will be paid to the Quincy Street intersection, which is heavily used by Ottoson Middle School students. Construction will be completed by June, 2017. Roadway repaving is not included as part of this grant, but the Town plans to repave adjacent sections of the roadway following the completion of this project.
“We are thrilled to receive this news from MassDOT to move forward critical pedestrian improvements on Gray Street and to successfully implement the Town’s Complete Streets policy and program,” said Arlington Town Manager, Adam Chapdelaine. I would like to especially thank the Board of Selectmen for their leadership in adopting a Complete Streets policy, as well as the Transportation Advisory Committee, DPW Staff, and Planning Staff for working swiftly to develop and submit this successful grant application.”
In April, 2016, the Board of Selectmen adopted a Complete Streets policy, pledging to consider all users equally in future road and sidewalk design. Users include pedestrians, drivers, bicyclists, and transit users of all ages and abilities. The goal of the policy and the state program is to reduce traffic congestion by offering safe and accessible alternatives to driving. Adopting this policy was a pre-requisite for applying for funds under this program. The Town’s policy was accepted by MassDOT, and also reviewed by the Arlington Redevelopment Board. To view the Town’s Complete Streets policy, please visit arlingtonma.gov/planning.