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City receives state money for green modes of travel



Recorder Staff
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

GREENFIELD — Travel for cyclists and pedestrians may soon become smoother.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation awarded Greenfield with $375,070 for several bicycle and pedestrian-related roadway improvements. According to Director of Public Works Donald Ouellette, the projects to be funded still must be approved by the state.

According to Ouellette, the projects include bike lanes and shared lanes being painted along Allen and Colrain streets and bike lanes being added to River and Mill streets.

In addition, sidewalk work is expected on Laurel Street, extending from the Laurel and River street intersection to Buckley HealthCare Center, with potential for the project to extend farther, Ouellette said. Colrain Street may also have sidewalk work done, he said.

Ouellette said money for these projects is exclusively from MassDOT’s Complete Streets program, though there is work expected to be done by the DPW, including design work for the Laurel Street sidewalk project.

Ouellette expects the projects to be able to begin at some point in the summer, with an eye toward July or August.

Once everything is approved, Ouellette said the city is expected to conduct neighborhood meetings to discuss the projects with residents who may be affected by the work. However, until approval is final, no meetings will be scheduled.

According to Mayor Bill Martin, the allocation is part of what has become a 2 ½-year process for the city.

“We had to finish our master plan and develop a plan for bike paths and highlight targeted areas,” he said. “That was all part of the process to get to this point.”

The Complete Streets Funding Program provides state money for projects that aim to improve infrastructure for multiple modes of travel, including pedestrian, bicycle and automobile.

You can reach Dan Desrochers at:

ddesrochers@recorder.com

413-772-0261, ext. 257