Amherst receives $190K grant for pedestrian improvements on East Pleasant St.

Hampshire County

Multiple western Massachusetts communities will receive more than $800,000 in housing grants from the state.

Amherst was awarded a $190,000 grant for pedestrian improvements along one of the town’s busier streets.

East Pleasant Street is a busy road located just minutes away from the UMass Amherst Campus.

It’s a road used by hundreds of students and residents each day and the street will soon have a new look.

The $190,000 project will install a 5-foot-wide sidewalk that will run 360 feet along East Pleasant St. between Village Park Road and Olympia Drive.

The new sidewalk will replace an established footpath that will connect to the town center’s sidewalk system. One local resident said the sidewalks will be a safe way to travel for students and families in the area.

“We’re basically on campus so I think the sidewalks will be better because we have a lot of college students that cut through yards and are walking in the roads all the time so sidewalks will do this area some justice,” said John Nichels of Amherst.

Residents along East Pleasant St. hope the sidewalks will help reduce some of the speedings that occur in the area.

“We really need speed bumps on this road if we want to keep residents and pedestrians safe but sidewalks are a step in the right direction,” a local resident told 22News.

The project is expected to be completed by June 30, 2019.

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