Six new crosswalks, including two raised ones to reduce speeding traffic, will be built in downtown Rockland this year now that the city has received a trio of grants.

Rockland Community Development Director Rodney Lynch announced recently that the city has received three grants totaling $205,483 from the Maine Department of Transportation to install six new Main Street crosswalks including two raised crosswalks or speed tables from Limerock Street north to the intersection of North Main Street and Main Street.

The city competed for these grants on a regionwide and statewide basis, Lynch said. The grants consist of a Quality Community Program grant for $130,000, and two Route 1 Gateway Corridor Traffic Calming grants totaling $75,483.

The new crosswalks will be handicapped accessible and consist of textured pavers lined with granite so as to make them more visible to both vehicles and pedestrians.

The work will be performed this year.

The project is the result of a collaborative effort by the city of Rockland, Rockland Main Street Inc., the DOT, and downtown property and business owners to make the northern section of Main Street safer for vehicles and friendlier to pedestrians, Lynch said. The DOT has been partnering with the city in the planning and management of Route 1 as it passes through Rockland.

The city is also engaged in planning for further traffic calming improvements along Main Street. These improvements are dependent on obtaining additional grant funding. Wright-Pierce Engineers of Topsham is providing the engineering services for the project.