Whately and Montague will soon have new funds to make improvements to their towns.
The state is awarding nearly $3-million to eleven communities including Whately and Montague, to fund local infrastructure projects.
In Massachusetts, a complete street is one that provides safe and accessible options for all forms of transportation and for people of all abilities.
MassDOT awarded more than $200,000 in Complete Streets funding to the town of Whately to rebuild the sidewalks along Chestnut Plain Road.
“It’s only for a short stretch we have a sidewalk at all,” said Allen Steel of Whately. “And so, if you’re walking down the main road around here, most of the way, you have to walk out into the road and it’s rather unsafe.”
Chestnut Plain Road is the main road through Whately’s town center, which is why the project also includes the installation of five crosswalks to improve pedestrian safety.
So, what this will do is fund renovation of about half of the existing sidewalks from the town hall down to the Center School and the cemetery, and it will also let us install crosswalks in places where people cross the street.
Montague received more than $300,000 for town-wide pedestrian and bicycle improvements.