Wellesley has received $35K in funding to analyze and prioritize Complete Street improvements, that is, making it easier to get around town regardless of travel mode, age and ability. The state approved Wellesley’s Complete Streets policy in late 2018.
The town is working with a consultant on its prioritization plan, which will pave the way for the town to receive additional funding for construction of projects in the plan. Natick, Newton and other nearby communities have undertaken such projects in recent years.
A big piece of this prioritization plan is getting the public’s input on areas in town they see as barriers to mobility or certain transportation modes. This could address everything from walkability to cycling safety to public transportation.
One example of a pedestrian- and cycling-unfriendly spot is the bumpy dirt and rock shoulder just east of Pond Road on Rte. 16 (Washington Street). Making that easier to navigate could better connect Elm Bank Reservation to Wellesley Square given that Rte. 16 is such a narrow road for cycling.
Wellesley’s Complete Streets website will collect this feedback.
A public meeting will be scheduled early in the new year to discuss identified priorities, plan next steps, air cost estimates and project timelines.