MassDOT Complete Street Program
Updates & Announcements
The Town's Complete Street Policy was approved by the State on January 31, 2017. Lincoln received a score of 93 out of 100. The Town also received approval of the 5-year Prioritization Plan and submitted a funding request for $400,000. The Town should receive notice sometime in July 2017 if funding was approved.
Time line of Events:
A Public Forum was held on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 7:30pm-9:30pm Lincoln Town Hall, Donaldson Room.
At the SOTT meeting on November 12, 2016 there was a vibrant discussion of Complete Streets and Transportation concerns, issues and recommendations. These comments will be included in the prioritization recommendations.
A 2nd Public Forum was held on Wed, December 7, 2016 7:30pm-9:30pm in the Donaldson Room - Presentation and Discussion of the summary of ideas and recommended project list as a result of the October public forum, online survey and SOTT comments. To view the video of the meeting click here
January/February 2017 - Presentation of Complete Streets program and Prioritization Project List to the Board of Selectmen.
To view material and documents click here.
MassDOT has introduced a program to encourage municipalities to consider all users of streets when planning, designing and constructing improvements. By comprehensively planning for pedestrians, bicyclists and users of public transportation, as well as motorists, the local system can be expected to best serve everyone.
This program recognizes the importance in having a community choose for itself how to balance the needs of all users, as well as determining the priority of proposed improvements. Through the Complete Street Program, MassDOT makes available up to $400,000 per year for construction of eligible projects which achieve program goals. To qualify for this funding, a municipality must develop a Complete Street Policy and a Prioritization Plan of desired improvements.
Preparation of a comprehensive Prioritization Plan will require considerable effort including the study of existing conditions, identification of possible improvement projects, preparation of cost estimates and establishment of prioritization criteria. Recognizing that this effort is extensive, MassDOT is also making up to $50,000 in technical assistance funding available to municipalities for this effort.
The Town of Lincoln recently requested and was awarded $50,000 in Technical Assistance funding for professional services to be provided by Hayner/Swanson, Inc. (HSI) in support of Town staff in the effort to identify, evaluate and prioritize possible projects which will enhance Lincoln’s streets consistent with the principles of Complete Street Planning.
Below is a brief summary of eligible Complete Streets Infrastructure projects. For a more complex list click here.
Traffic & Safety e.g. pavement markings, signage, signals, speed humps, lighting, resurfacing, restriping, intersection reconstruction, traffic calming, roundabouts
Bicycle Facilities e.g. shared use paths improvements, bicycle lanes, bike parking fixtures/shelters, safe drain grates, bike boulevards, wayfinding
Pedestrian Facilities e.g. sidewalk repairs, ADA complaint, wayfinding sidewalks, curb extensions, crosswalks,
Transit facilities – transit shelter, railroad grade crossing improvements, park n ride facilities, crosswalks, pedestrian improvements – crosswalks, ramps, signage