REGION — Shrewsbury will be able to install wayfinding infrastructure, and Westborough will be making safety improvements at two intersections on West Main Street and Route 30, both thanks to a state grant program.
Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Acting Transportation Secretary and CEO Jamey Tesler and Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver recently announced that a total of $6.5 million had been awarded through the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s Shared Streets and Spaces Grant Program.
According to a press release, the Shared Streets and Spaces program provides both technical and financial assistance to help municipalities conceive, design and implement changes to their curbs, streets, plazas and parking areas, which will support public health, safe mobility, renewed commerce and community betterment.
Polito said she and Gov. Charlie Baker were proud to partner with town and city leaders on funding programs like Shared Streets.
“Community leaders know each street corner and know each block of their business districts and have been very innovative in thinking about projects and thoughtfully applying for this funding,” Polito said.
Shrewsbury received $48,926.90, while Westborough received $46,965 for its projects.
Since June 2020, the program has awarded a total of $33 million dollars to 310 projects.
“Projects like these can really have a major impact for daily life, safety and accessibility in a community — making a difference in a family’s choice to go out on the town and a local restaurant owners’ ability to keep their staff employed and busy,” Tesler said.