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Press Release  Federal Grants Announced: Safe Streets and Roads for All

Nearly $18 million going to initiatives and infrastructure projects in Massachusetts to improve road safety 11 communities and 2 Regional Planning Agencies receiving funding through a U.S. Department of Transportation Program
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  • Massachusetts Department of Transportation
  • Federal Funds & Infrastructure Office

Media Contact   for Federal Grants Announced: Safe Streets and Roads for All

Jacquelyn Goddard, Director of Communications, MassDOT

BostonThe Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has announced that nearly $18 million in additional 2023 grant funding is being awarded to 11 communities and two planning agencies as part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) Grant Program. The Program was established through the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and includes approximately $5 billion in appropriated funds to be awarded over the next five years.  The additional grant awards will be going to planning and infrastructure initiatives to improve road safety in a number of locations, including over $14 million for the City of Boston.  

“We continue to be grateful to the U.S. Department of Transportation and our congressional delegation for their support through Safe Streets and Roads grant funding awards like these,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Monica Tibbits-Nutt.  “MassDOT will continue to partner with communities throughout the Commonwealth support projects and programs for these grants. We are particularly proud that these awards align so well with MassDOT’s multimodal safety and travel goals.” 

"Congratulations to these 11 communities on securing critical investments to improve safety for all users of our roads," said Director of Federal Funds and Infrastructure Quentin Palfrey. “Thank you to President Biden, Secretary Buttigieg and our partners in the congressional delegation for making these historic investments available to Massachusetts. We look forward to supporting local governments in their pursuit of federal dollars from future funding opportunities.” 

The SS4A program funding awards can be used to improve roadway safety by supporting communities in developing comprehensive safety action plans based on a Safe Systems Approach, conduct data analyses, and implement projects and strategies that seek to significantly reduce or eliminate transportation-related fatalities and serious injuries involving pedestrians, bicyclists, micromobility users, motorists, public transportation customers, users of personal conveyance, and commercial vehicle operators.  Additionally, awarded funding can also be used to support robust stakeholder engagement to ensure that all community members have a voice in developing plans, projects, and strategies. 

The announcement made by the U.S. Department of Transportation and MassDOT awards grants to these communities and Regional Planning Agencies: 

  • Boston- $14.4 million for traffic signal operations design 
  • Westfield- $200,000 
  • Chicopee- $320,000 
  • Pioneer Valley Planning Commission- $1million 
  • Chelsea- $280,000 
  • Lawrence- $200,000 
  • Holyoke- $158,000 
  • Everett- $90,720 
  • Pittsfield- $310,000 
  • Gardner- $230,000 
  • Central MA Regional Planning Commission - $480,000 

Earlier this year, MassDOT announced that 21 municipalities and Regional Planning Agencies in Massachusetts received grant awards through the first two rounds of the Safe Streets and Roads for All Grant Program.  The recipients of these first two rounds of funding awards were as follows:       

  • City of Somerville for Somerville Bicycle Network Vision Safety Demonstration Project ($3,984,000) 
  • City of Brockton for Demonstration Grant ($188,480) 
  • City of Haverhill for Haverhill Main Street Intersection Development Project ($200,000) 
  • City of Lowell for Lowell Supplemental Action Planning ($200,000) 
  • Barnstable County/Cape Cod Commission ($240,000)  
  • Berkshire Regional Planning Commission ($198,593)  
  • Boston Metropolitan Area Planning Council ($2,238,680)
  • City of Boston ($9,000,000)
  • City of Salem ($200,000) 
  • City of Somerville ($116,800) 
  • City of Springfield: ($15,012,800) 
  • City of Worcester ($200,000) 
  • Merrimack Valley Planning Commission ($375,233) 
  • Montachusett Regional Planning Commission ($750,000) 
  • Old Colony Planning Council ($320,000)  
  • Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District ($880,000)  
  • Town of Dedham ($207,841)  
  • Town of Nantucket ($460,000)  
  • Town of Southbridge ($60,000)  
  • Town of Ware ($40,500)  
  • Town of Weymouth ($336,000) 

The Safe Streets and Roads for All Program projects are approved based on including specific timelines and projects for implementation, specific prioritization criteria, and incorporation of the Safe System Approach.  

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For the full list of Safe Streets and Roads for All Awards:

For more information about the Safe Streets and Roads for All Program, please visit:    


Media Contact   for Federal Grants Announced: Safe Streets and Roads for All

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