Mayor Kassandra Gove announced today that the City of Amesbury will receive $299,523 in Fiscal Year 2020 from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Complete Streets Funding Program. This program provides technical assistance and construction funding to eligible municipalities. Complete Streets are designed to provide safe and accessible options for all travel modes – walking, biking, transit and vehicles – for people of all ages and abilities.
“This grant award is great news for Amesbury,” stated Mayor Gove, who made seeking grant funds a priority during her campaign for Mayor last year. “These street improvements are in areas of major concern for many Amesbury residents, and our partnership with the Commonwealth will provide concrete improvements in short order.”
“Amesbury’s application did very well among a very competitive applicant pool, and we believe these projects will have a significant impact in your community,” noted Jonathan Gulliver, Highway Administrator at MassDOT.
The projects being funded are:
- Improvements on Merrimack Street (at Main Street and Swetts Hill) and Pleasant Valley Road (at Beacon Street), areas which have seen an increase in traffic and an influx of residents and development at the recently completed Hatter’s Point, The Heights and Bailey’s Pond, and
- Improvements at the intersection of Highland Street and Friend Street, in anticipation of the relocation of Amesbury Elementary School.
“These traffic calming measures in our most historic neighborhood on the banks of the Merrimack River are most welcome”, concluded Mayor Gove. “It is my hope that the affected neighbors will see real progress in the quality of life in their neighborhood.”