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Carlisle gets $250,000 grant to improve pedestrian safety

Carlisle plans a series of measures to improve pedestrian safety at various roadways in town through new state funding.

The town was selected to receive a $250,000 grant under the state’s Complete Streets program, which supports local projects to provide safe and accessible transportation options for all users, including bicyclists, pedestrians, and pubic transit riders.

Carlisle plans to use the money to undertake pedestrian improvements at multiple locations, including the installation of rectangular rapid flashing beacons and crosswalks at 142 Bedford Road, and the driveway for the public athletic fields at the Banta-Davis Land park, according to Town Administrator Timothy Goddard.

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Plans also call for safety improvements at the Route 26/Lowell Street roundabout, including constructing ramps with new roadway curbing at all crosswalks; installing new crosswalks and restriping existing ones; and realigning the roundabout approaches to slow vehicle speeds.

Additionally, the town plans to install a 5-foot-wide sidewalk with roadway curbing on the north side of Bedford Road from the Route 225/Lowell Street roundabout to East Street to fill an existing gap in the sidewalk network in that area and give pedestrians safer access to the town center.

The town is responsible for the estimated $50,000 cost of design. Goddard said Carlisle is in the process of selecting an engineering firm to undertake the design. The grant requires the construction to be completed by the summer of 2020.

“We are very pleased with this grant,” Goddard said. “These are much needed safety improvements and the grant will go a long way towards making the improvements happen. We are very excited about that.”


John Laidler can be reached at laidler@globe.com.