The Town of Millbury is a participant in the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s Complete Streets Funding Program. The Complete Streets Committee works to ensure the Town incorporates its Complete Streets Policy in the transportation network and works with MassDOT to apply for funding to implement policy goals.
What are Complete Streets?
Complete Streets provide safe and accessible options for all travel modes – walking, biking, transit, and motorized vehicles – for people of all ages and abilities. Designing streets with these principles contributes toward the safety, health, economic viability and quality of life in a community by improving the pedestrian and vehicular environments and providing safer, more accessible and comfortable means of travel between home, school, work, recreation and retail destinations. More broadly, embedding Complete Streets principles in policy and practice help promote more livable communities. (MassDOT)
MassDOT Complete Streets Funding Program
The MassDOT Complete Streets Funding Program provides technical assistance and construction funding to municipalities that demonstrate a commitment to embedding Complete Streets in policy and practice.
- Provide technical assistance and incentives for adoption of Complete Streets policies at the municipal level so that a broader range of communities are encouraged to enter the program in order to be eligible for project funding.
- Encourage municipalities to adopt a strategic and comprehensive approach to Complete Streets, rather than simply seeking funding for a single project, by providing technical assistance to municipalities to create Complete Streets Prioritization plans (described below).
- Facilitate better pedestrian, bicycle, and transit travel for users of all ages and abilities by addressing critical gaps in pedestrian, bicycle, and transit infrastructure by funding Complete Streets projects in cities and towns that have already adopted policies and undertaken planning.
- Distribute funding to reward municipalities who have committed to adopting Complete Streets best practices through the Community Compact Cabinet.
- Ensure that underserved municipalities are served equitably by the program as anticipated by statute.
Town of Millbury’s Complete Streets Policy
Adopted by Board of Selectmen June 12, 2018
Millbury’s Complete Streets Policy incorporates Complete Streets principles into current and future infrastructure development practices. The Town of Millbury's Complete Streets Policy aims to accommodate the full range of users of the town's roadways, walkways, trails, and transit systems by creating a transportation network that meets the needs of individuals utilizing a variety of transportation modes. The Town of Millbury will, to the maximum extent practical, design, construct, maintain, and operate streets to accommodate all users.
Town of Millbury’s Project Prioritization Plan
Approved by MassDOT on March 4, 2019
The Project Prioritization Plan is a list of priority projects that were identified by the Complete Streets Committee and then confirmed and ranked by the public based on each project’s ability to address defined issues and needs. The Prioritization Plan assesses project details including the readiness level of each project, conceptual cost estimate, and multimodal benefits. An approved Prioritization Plan by MassDOT is required for application for Complete Streets project construction funding.
MassDOT Complete Streets Funding Program Award (FY2020 - Round 1):
Downtown Revitalization – South Main Street
The Downtown Revitalization South Main Street project focuses on reconstructing the South Main Street’s intersection with North Main and Elm Street and extends south approximately 500 feet to the South Main Street Bridge over the Blackstone River. South Main Street is a pedestrian access route that links the dense residential neighborhood beyond the South Main Street Bridge, which includes 83 units of low-income senior and family housing, to Millbury Center’s shops, restaurants, banks, services, churches, day care center, and municipal facilities. South Main Street also links the residential neighborhood to schools within and just beyond Millbury Center and is an important destination for bicyclists utilizing the nearby Blackstone River Bikeway. This project will reconstruct the intersection, replace sidewalks, reduce crossing distance, create a new pedestrian plaza, install curb extensions, new LED streetlights, bicycle racks next to the bus shelter, and bicycle wayfinding signs. The project will also improve transit connections for pedestrians and bicyclists.
This Project Award will be used in conjunction with other grant awards to fund Phase I of the Armory Village Revitalization Project. This project will reshape and improve the intersection of Main Street & Elm Street with the goal of making Millbury Center a more welcoming place for all users. Visit the Armory Village Revitalization Project page for more information.
- MassDOT Complete Streets Funding Program
- MassDOT Complete Streets Funding Program Guidance
- Massachusetts Complete Streets Funding Program Participation Map
- Smart Growth America – Complete Streets
- Streetmix – Explore & Build Complete Streets
For more information contact Conor McCormack, Assistant Planner at 508-865-4754 or firstname.lastname@example.org.