South Hadley lands Complete Streets grant

  • South Hadley Town Administrator Michael Sullivan. Gazette file photo

For the Gazette
Published: 7/17/2018 11:06:35 PM

SOUTH HADLEY — Some $385,000 from the state’s Complete Streets Program will go toward improving South Hadley’s pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure on Lamb Street and possibly Grant Street if there is enough money.

Projects will include sidewalk ramps that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and widening of streets where possible, said Michael Sullivan, town administrator.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s Complete Streets Program has awarded about $30 million in construction funds to cities and towns statewide since it began in February 2016. The work focuses on providing safe transportation options for all people, especially pedestrians and bikers. Among the improvements are better street lighting, radar speed signs, new crosswalk signals and multimodal paths.

South Hadley is one of 22 communities to receive Complete Streets funding this year. Construction will take 60 days and is slated to begin next spring.

“We will have to put the project out to bid, which will take 45 to 60 days and then whoever is awarded the contract will have to place it in their schedule,” Sullivan said.

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