GROTON — Expect to see lots more traffic safety measures in town by this time next year.
Groton was one of 22 communities to receive a Complete Streets grant at the end of September. The $396,177 from the state Department of Transportation will be used for four projects that provide increased safety for all travel modes, for people of all ages and abilities.
The biggest project, with an estimated $233,709 price tag, will bring improvements on Main Street between Old Ayer Road and Elm Street. The changes will improve safety and handicap access, according to Michelle Collette, Groton’s ADA coordinator and a member of the Complete Street Committee.
Sidewalks at intersections will get new ramps, compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Six crosswalks will get solar-powered flashing lights.
The sidewalk on Long Hill Road will be extended from Riverbend Drive to Groton Place, often referred to as the dog park. The crosswalk between the sidewalk and the side of the road with the park will get a flashing light to slow traffic down.
The speed limit at the crossing is 40 mph, Collette said.
The $59,626 project will make it easier to from the center of town to the trail system accessible from Groton Place, she said. A sidewalk from Farmers Row to Riverbend Drive, which leads into a housing development, already exists.
Six new solar-powered speed limit signs will be placed around town. The Complete Streets Committee and Police Chief Donald Palma are working out the locations, she said. The budget is $41,250.
Cyclists on the Nashua River Rail Trail will benefit from two new bicycle repair stations. One will be in the Sand Hill Road parking lot and the other in the Station Avenue parking lot, Collette said.
The cost for the two stations is $4,688. All of the estimated costs include a 25 percent contingency.
As the committee prepared to write the grant, they spent months identifying projects and meeting with community members to set priorities, Collette said.
“The committee really worked hard,” she said. “They deserve a lot of credit.”
The work the committee did was tied to the 2012 Master Plan, she said.
The town is required to fund the engineering studies needed to send the projects out to bid, Collette said. An article for $45,000 to cover the cost will be on the Oct. 23 Town Meeting warrant.
According to a press release, the state awarded $7.8 million in Complete Streets grants this year. In total, since 2016, the state awarded approximately $17.7 million for the program.
“Our administration is proud to fund these important infrastructure improvements that make our communities safer for families and the traveling public,” said Gov. Charlie Baker in the press release. “The Complete Streets program works with our local partners to provide critical investments and upgrades to local roads, trails, and sidewalks, making it easier and safer for those traveling by car, bike, foot or public transit to work, school and other activities.”
“By collaborating with cities and towns and providing municipal leaders with funding through the Complete Streets Program, we are increasing connectivity in our communities,” said Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito in the statement. “We are pleased to announce the third round of awards which will help improve over 200 intersections and crosswalks and add 16 miles of new or reconstructed sidewalks and trails that make our municipalities safer to travel in.”