Sunderland garners $334K grant for South Silver Lane, Falls Road changes

  • South Silver Lane is one of two Sunderland roads that will be subject to changes, following the announcement that the town received a $333,871 Complete Streets Funding Program grant. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • South Silver Lane is one of two Sunderland roads that will be subject to changes with the town’s Complete Streets Funding Program grant. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 2/14/2020 6:02:02 PM
Modified: 2/14/2020 6:01:49 PM

SUNDERLAND — The town is one of 24 Massachusetts communities slated to receive state money to fund local infrastructure projects aimed at improving accessibility for bicyclists, pedestrians, public transit users and people using other forms of transportation.

Sunderland can expect a $333,871 Complete Streets Funding Program grant for a pair of projects. The money is designated to pay to narrow South Silver Lane, construct a sidewalk and bike lanes with buffers on both sides of the street, and install signs, new wheelchair ramps and a crosswalk. The technique of reducing a roadway’s width is referred to as a “road diet.” There is also a second project to install fog line striping to slow traffic, bicycle warning signs and radar speed feedback signs on Falls Road.

The state defines a “Complete Street” as one that “provides safe and accessible options for all travel modes and for all people, taking into account the ages and abilities of individuals.”

Selectboard Clerk Tom Fydenkevez said this is the town’s third round of Complete Streets funding for the work, with a process that began under the leadership of Town Administrator Margaret Nartowicz, who was replaced by Sherry Patch, who in turn left the job in October and was replaced by Geoff Kravitz earlier this month.

Fydenkevez said this money equals one more aspect for Kravitz to juggle, and that these types of projects are the reason small towns like Sunderland need quality town administrators who work every day to acquire grants.

In all, the state awarded $8.1 million in Complete Streets grant funding.

“We are proud to continue supporting our municipal partners so they can achieve their transportation and economic development goals,” Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito said in a press release.

With this announcement, the administration has awarded 148 construction grants at $46 million since creating the funding program on Feb. 1, 2016, according to the release. The administration has included $20 million for the Complete Streets program as part of its $18 billion transportation bond bill. These awards are in addition to $1.1 billion authorized by the administration in Chapter 90 local transportation funding for cities and towns since 2015.

Reach Domenic Poli at: dpoli@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 262.




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