Complete Streets

****  July 10, 2018: NATICK AWARDED $205,000 COMPLETE STREETS GRANT FROM MASSDOT FOR PROJECT CONSTRUCTION ****

NATICK HAS NOW RECEIVED $645,000 IN COMPLETE STREETS GRANT FUNDING FROM MASSDOT

Smart Growth America's National Complete Streets Coalition has ranked Natick's "Complete Streets Policy" as No. 7 of its kind in the nation for 2015.  On March 23, 2015, the Natick Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to adopt the “Complete Streets Policy” drafted with assistance from town staff and supported by the Planning Board and Safety Committee.

Complete Streets are designed to integrate the needs of all users - drivers, pedestrians, cyclists, transit riders, people with disabilities, and abutting businesses and residents - with a priority on safety and usability, within the context and constraints of the roadway.  The Commonwealth provides incentives to communities that adopt policies and develop plans that reflect these principles.

Complete Streets Tier 1


The Town of Natick's Complete Streets Policy was submitted, scored (receiving 93 points out of 100) and accepted by MassDOT for inclusion in the Program.

Complete Streets Tier 2 Prioritization Plan


With successful completion of Tier 1, the town developed a multi-year Complete Street Prioritization Plan which is a master list of potential projects ranked based on safety, mobility, accessibility, and system continuity criteria.  The plan identifies the streets, infrastructure, cost estimate and timeline for the municipality’s desired Complete Street improvements.  Natick received a planning grant of $46,494 from MassDOT to help develop the prioritization plan.  

Prioritization Plan Public Forums


On June 12th and July 12th, 2016 public working group meetings were held to develop and discuss the Complete Streets Prioritization Plan contents and priorities.  Subsequently, the Town submitted a Prioritization Plan MassDOT has received approval to pursue project funding under Tier 3.
 

Complete Streets Tier 3 Construction Project


Project funding applications have been submitted to MassDOT 2016, 2017, and 2018.   In 2016 the Town was awarded complete streets construction funding of $400,000.  This project was completed in the Spring of 2018 and included the installation of high visibility pedestrian crossings with rapid rectangular flashing beacons at various locations.  In 2018 the Town was awarded its second construction funding request.  The $205,000 grant will be used to construct pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements to the West Street/Campus Drive Corridor and to Newfield Drive.