Boston – State Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) and State Representative Jennifer Benson (D-Lunenburg) announced that the Town of Boxborough was recently awarded a MassWorks infrastructure grant from the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Economic Development.
The $574,683 grant will fund sidewalk and roadway improvements that will increase safety and walkability in the Boxborough town center in the area near the Blanchard Memorial School, Sargent Memorial Library, and the police and fire stations.
“I applaud Town Planner Adam Duchesneau and Town Administrator Selina Shaw for their dedication to making the streets of Boxborough more walkable and pedestrian friendly, “ Senator Eldridge said. “This investment will improve the quality of life in our communities, and I want to thank the Baker-Polito administration for promoting safe and accessible roadways.”
“I’m very happy Boxborough has been awarded this grant,” said Representative Benson. “This is the fourth year the town has applied for this project, and the persistence of Town Planner Adam Duchesneau and Town Administrator Selina Shaw has paid off. The grant will fund much-needed safety improvements to a busy section of road near the elementary school and library, creating a safer environment.”
“The Town of Boxborough is delighted to have been selected as a recipient of a 2017 Mass Works Small Town Rural Assistance Grant,” said Town Administrator Selina Shaw. “The award of $574,683 for the Route 111 Pedestrian Improvement Project will enable the Town to complete significant and much needed pedestrian and roadway enhancements to provide safe passage for bicyclists and pedestrians along a busy section of Mass Ave east of the library. Thank you to Senator Eldridge and Representative Benson for supporting our efforts over the years, and to the Baker-Polito Administration for recognizing the importance of partnering with municipalities and with making this opportunity available.”
Since 2002, Boxborough has been working on the development of a dedicated pedestrian and bicycle trail along Route 111. The first section of the trail was completed in 2004. Sargent Memorial Library was constructed the following year. Due to close proximity of the library to an elementary school, the police station, the fire station, and a housing development, both pedestrian and automobile traffic on this section of Route 111 has increased dramatically in recent years, creating a safety issue along the busy road. This MassWorks grant will fund the construction of sidewalks to give pedestrians and bicyclists a dedicated path distinct from the roadway.
MassWorks grant awardees were revealed at an event at the State House on October 10 celebrating rural communities. At the event, grants totaling $8.5 million were announced for 10 rural communities, including Boxborough.