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.
Please help create the next Priority Plan for Complete Streets projects in Natick! Participate in this online tool in February, 2021.
Safer Streets for All Public Forum January 26, 2021
Safer Streets Public Forum Presentation 01-26-21
Zoom Recording Safer Streets Public Forum 01-26-21
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.
Smart Growth America's National Complete Streets Coalition 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 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. In 2016 Natick received a planning grant of $46,494 from MassDOT to help develop the initial prioritization plan. The town staff working with the Select Board and Transportation Advisory Committee are developing an updated Priority Plan and are actively seeking public input.
Prioritization Plan Public Forums
On June 12th and July 12th, 2016 public working group meetings were held to develop and discuss the initial 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.
On January 26, 2021 a community forum "Safer Streets For All" was held as the 'kick off' for public participation in the development of a new Prioritization Plan. Please visit the online information sharing tool to provide you input on potential projects to include in an updated Complete Streets Prioritization Plan:
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.
Once finalized the updated Prioritization Plan will be the basis for future grant requests.