Complete Streets

MassDOT Complete Street Program



The Complete Street Policy was approved by the State on January 31, 2017. Lincoln received a score of 93 out of 100. 


The approved Five year Prioritization Plan lists desired Complete Streets projects for the next five years.

The Town Applied for Complete Streets Funding of $400,000 for 2017-2018 (FY18). Projects to be completed by September 30, 2018.

Funding Request
Exhibit A
Exhibit B
Exhibit C

The Town was notified that it was awarded $400,000 in funding for ten Complete Streets Projects. This was a very competitive grant with 48 communities applying and only 22 communities awarded funding. Please click here to view the announcement.

To view details on approved projects see menu on the left.

Annually, the town is eligible to apply for funding of up to $400,000 in Complete Street Projects. However because it is a very competitive grant there is no guarantee that the town will be awarded funding each year.

Time Line of Events

  • Public Forum held October 19, 2016
  • SOTT meeting held on November 12, 2016 included discussion on Complete Streets and Transportation concerns, issues and recommendations. Comments included in the prioritization recommendations.
  • 2nd Public Forum held December 7, 2016 Presentation and Discussion of the summary of ideas and recommended project list as a result of the October public forum, online survey and SOTT comments. To view the video of the meeting click here
  • Winter 2017 Presentation of Complete Streets program and Prioritization Project List to the Board of Selectmen.

To view material and documents click here. 

About the Complete Streets Program

MassDOT has introduced a program to encourage municipalities to consider all users of streets when planning, designing and constructing improvements. By comprehensively planning for pedestrians, bicyclists and users of public transportation, as well as motorists, the local system can be expected to best serve everyone.

This program recognizes the importance in having a community choose for itself how to balance the needs of all users, as well as determining the priority of proposed improvements. Through the Complete Street Program, MassDOT makes available up to $400,000 per year for construction of eligible projects which achieve program goals. To qualify for this funding, a municipality must develop a Complete Street Policy and a Prioritization Plan of desired improvements.

Preparation of a comprehensive Prioritization Plan will require considerable effort including the study of existing conditions, identification of possible improvement projects, preparation of cost estimates and establishment of prioritization criteria. Recognizing that this effort is extensive, MassDOT is also making up to $50,000 in technical assistance funding available to municipalities for this effort.

The Town of Lincoln recently requested and was awarded $50,000 in Technical Assistance funding for professional services to be provided by Hayner/Swanson, Inc. (HSI) in support of Town staff in the effort to identify, evaluate and prioritize possible projects which will enhance Lincoln’s streets consistent with the principles of Complete Street Planning.

Below is a brief summary of eligible Complete Streets Infrastructure projects. For a more complex list click here.

Traffic & Safety e.g. pavement markings, signage, signals, speed humps, lighting, resurfacing, restriping, intersection reconstruction, traffic calming, roundabouts

Bicycle Facilities e.g. shared use paths improvements, bicycle lanes, bike parking fixtures/shelters, safe drain grates, bike boulevards, wayfinding

Pedestrian Facilities e.g. sidewalk repairs, ADA complaint, wayfinding sidewalks, curb extensions, crosswalks,

Transit facilities – transit shelter, railroad grade crossing improvements, park n ride facilities, crosswalks, pedestrian improvements – crosswalks, ramps, signage