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HARVARD — Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito recently joined Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver, elected officials, and local leaders to announce awards totaling nearly $3 million to 11 communities including Harvard through the Complete Streets Funding Program.

These awards will be used to fund local, multimodal infrastructure projects that improve accessibility for bicyclists, pedestrians, public transit users, and people using other forms of transportation.

“The Complete Streets program enables local leaders to invest in projects that will have the greatest impact in their communities,” said Gov. Charlie Baker. “This round of Complete Streets funding awards will support eleven municipalities as they improve their infrastructure for a variety of transportation options, including walking, riding a bicycle and public transportation.”

“Our administration is pleased to continue providing funding through the Complete Streets Funding Program to support local transportation priorities,” said Polito. “We congratulate each of the communities receiving grants today and look forward to seeing the completion of these multimodal projects.”

A “Complete Street” is one that provides safe and accessible options for all travel modes and for all people, taking into account the ages and abilities of individuals. The Baker-Polito Administration has now awarded a total of approximately $33 million in construction funding since creating a funding program for Complete Streets in February 2016.

“Under the leadership of Gov. Baker and Lt. Gov. Polito, we are empowering our municipal partners to strengthen transportation networks across the Commonwealth and add new options for pedestrians, cyclists, public transit users, and drivers,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “Complete Streets are important because multimodal street designs ensure that people can reach the places they need to go in a safe and reliable manner regardless of what mode of transportation they utilize.”

“Each of these eleven communities will receive funds to carry out construction projects within their communities and improve multimodal infrastructure,” said Highway Administrator Gulliver. “We congratulate the award winners and thank the MassDOT staff members and stakeholders who are helping to administer and manage this popular funding program.”

The announcement regarding the Complete Streets Program provides funding to several communities including Harvard, which will receive $370,000 for improvements on Massachusetts Ave/Ayer Road including sidewalk reconstruction and filling sidewalk gaps at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue/Still River Road/Old Littleton Road/Ayer Road on both sides of each intersecting roadway and along the west side of Ayer Road north of the intersection for approximately 400 feet, and along the north side of Still River Road west of the intersection for approximately 200 feet. In addition, ADA compliant ramps, new curbing, and restriping crosswalk will be installed to promote safety, accessibility and connectivity within the heavily-traveled Town Center.

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