City Receives State Complete Streets Grant to Redesign Stretch of Main Street Near I-495

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The city received notice last week the state has awarded $283,000 to redesign the Main Street and Marsh Avenue intersection and make other nearby improvements.

Besides redesigning the Route 125 intersection, money from the state’s Complete Streets program will improve a 500-foot-stretch of Main Street from Sagamore Street to Marsh Avenue and build sidewalks, bicycle lanes, roadway shoulders, planting strips and traffic islands. According to Mayor James J. Fiorentini, the project also remakes crosswalks with pedestrian islands at midway points and plants dozens of street trees.

“This project will set the look and tone for the remainder of the Main Street corridor and other gateway locations,” Fiorentini said.

A primary goal of the work is to encourage people to walk between the many homes, schools and business in the area. Affected roadways are within a mile of John Greenleaf Whittier Middle School, Pentucket Lake Elementary School and Wingate Nursing Home—all on Concord Street. Walnut Square School, Residences at Little River Apartments, medical offices and St. James School are also located nearby on Primrose Street.

The Complete Streets grant program provides incentives for cities and towns to create integrated networks of safe and accessible transportation corridors that accommodate all types of vehicles, pedestrians, joggers and bicyclists.

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