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LYNN — A brand new grant-funded program goals to make metropolis streets safer by starting to construct a bicycle community that will join the downtown to its surrounding neighborhoods.
Lynn has been awarded a $125,000 grant from the Massachusetts Division of Transportation (MassDOT) to implement the Lynn Secure Streets undertaking.
Awarded by way of the company’s Shared Streets and Areas grant program, the funding will allow town to create bike lanes, and within the case of North Frequent Road, a shared bus and bike lane, that may improve entry to the downtown, in accordance with Metropolis Planner Aaron Clausen.
On South Frequent Road and Market Road, the protected bike lanes will probably be situated alongside the designated route for town’s portion of the Northern Strand Path, which is at the moment beneath development, Clausen stated.
The brand new short-term lanes will present a right away connection to the longer term bike path whereas design and engineering of the extension for a everlasting bicycle facility is finalized.
“It is a short-term measure to form of get individuals safer entry to the seashore, however safer entry to and thru downtown and (additionally join) it to the Northern Strand,” stated Clausen. “The concept was to prop up some bike lanes and, within the case of North Frequent, a bus/bike lane and community of road corridors into the downtown.”
Via the undertaking, the downtown can be related to surrounding neighborhoods that embrace key establishments, such because the YMCA, colleges, Metropolis Corridor and the Lynn Public Library.
Funding will assist the short-term creation of motorcycle lanes, or amenities, on Neptune Boulevard, Wheeler Road, State Road, Broad Road, and a bus and bike solely lane on North Frequent Road.
Underneath the grant program, the funding should be used for road enhancements that may be rapidly carried out at a comparatively low price, with the purpose of constructing metropolis streets safer for all modes of transportation.
The corridors had been chosen for fast deployment and their location in high-crash areas, as recognized by the Freeway Security Enchancment Program.
The implementation of the bike lanes is underway — Neptune Boulevard has been relined — and must be accomplished by the primary week of October beneath town’s grant settlement with MassDOT, Clausen stated.
“It’s meant to construct fast interventions at a reasonably low price to offer safer streets throughout COVID,” stated Clausen. “In the end, the imaginative and prescient is a everlasting cycle monitor to downtown and connecting with Northern Strand.”
Though new bicycle and transit amenities carried out as a part of the Lynn Secure Streets undertaking are close to time period and short-term in nature, they’re step one in implementing everlasting modifications to the roadway that balances the wants of automobiles with pedestrians, bicycles and transit customers, Clausen stated, noting that town is working with the Division of Conservation & Recreation for added funding.
“We respect the technical help and funding assist from MassDOT to hold out these fast construct options in response to modified journey behaviors as a result of COVID-19 pandemic,“ stated Mayor Thomas M. McGee. “The bus and bike solely lanes included with this undertaking will present safer roadways for all customers, enhance entry to non-motorized transportation within the near-term, whereas laying the groundwork for a future full road community buildout all through town.”
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