“This strategic use of federal stimulus funds is putting Massachusetts residents to work today while ensuring we have a strong economic future for our Commonwealth,” said Governor Patrick. “From the start, we have been aggressively leveraging stimulus funds in every corner of the Commonwealth, and this announcement again demonstrates our commitment to meet or exceed every deadline for using recovery money put forth by the federal government.”
“Through careful planning, our administration has strategically invested stimulus funds in ways that will lead to stronger infrastructure, increased long-term job creation and an improved economy in all regions of the Commonwealth,” said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray. “Governor Patrick and I thank our federal delegation who have been our partners as we build a solid foundation for economic recovery and long growth in Massachusetts.”
“Massachusetts has done a great job in getting these projects off the ground,” said Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez. “The $437 million for highway and bridge projects is putting people back to work and strengthening the infrastructure in Massachusetts.”
“This smart, strategic investment of highway stimulus dollars puts people to work, eases traffic congestion and modernizes our infrastructure. Everybody wins from workers and businesses to our economy and the environment,” said Senator John Kerry.
“These federal funds provided through the Recovery Act are the ultimate win-win,” said Congressman Ed Markey. “They will create good-paying construction jobs in the short term and will ease traffic congestion and improve our roads in the long term. I commend Governor Patrick for his efforts to get people back to work.”
“In this tough economic climate, these transportation and infrastructure projects are essential to create jobs and to boost the regional economy,” said Congressman William Delahunt. “I have been a strong supporter of the Quincy Concourse improvements and want to commend Mayor Koch and his administration for making this project and the revitalization of downtown Quincy a top priority.”
“More than any other segment of the stimulus, these highway funds are job creators. So I am pleased to see that Governor Patrick has pushed to get this done prior to the deadline,” said Congressman Stephen F. Lynch. “The sooner these funds are put to use, the sooner we will put people to work on building and repairing vital infrastructure.”
“I’m pleased that the Administration was able to designate these funds ahead of schedule and provide a much needed boost to our economy,” said Senator Marc R. Pacheco, Senate Chair, Joint Committee on Federal Stimulus Oversight. “This is more good news, in particular at a time when we need some assistance in lowering our unemployment rate. Funding these highway projects will help ensure that we are able to provide necessary infrastructure improvements as well as put more people back to work. I’m also pleased that we were able to secure funding right here in the First Plymouth and Bristol District with projects extending to Wareham, Bridgewater, and Middleboro.”
“By obligating these funds well before the deadline, the Commonwealth has demonstrated its commitment to road improvement projects that will create and sustain jobs, allowing families to grow and prosper,” said Representative David Linsky, House Chair, Joint Committee on Federal Stimulus Oversight. “It is important to note that without these funds many cities and towns would not be able to complete these much needed repairs.”
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has focused on moving ARRA projects to construction faster than ever before by reducing the average time from advertisement to construction from 120 days to 46 days. MassDOT partnered with the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (HED) to strategically invest ARRA funds in projects that would create jobs today and tomorrow by helping to spark long-awaited economic development projects. In Somerville, for example, $12.2 million will be invested in transportation improvements to the Assembly Square project creating thousands of future jobs.
“I want to thank the team of dedicated employees at MassDOT and the Massachusetts Federal Highway Administration Division office who have all worked extremely hard to help us meet or exceed every ARRA deadline,” said MassDOT Secretary & CEO Jeff Mullan. “These ARRA projects illustrate our strategic approach to prioritizing projects that spur private sector development, promote long-term job growth and balance the needs of all transportation users.”
Recent ARRA highway projects advertised by MassDOT include:
· $19.9 million in safety improvements and upgrades along Route 2 in Orange;
· $3.3 million resurfacing project for Route 114 in Danvers and Peabody;
· $7.9 million reconstruction of a section of Nonantum Road in Boston, Watertown and Newton;
· $4 million to construct the Minuteman Bikepath Connector project in Arlington and Somerville; $12.3 million for resurfacing of Route 9 in Framingham and Natick;
· $2.1 million for Phase II of the Route 152 reconstruction project in Attleboro;
· $2.7 million for resurfacing of Barker and Valentine roads in Pittsfield;
· $1 million for Quincy Center Concourse improvements, including building demolition. The project complements the $8.1 million ARRA project announced last month to reconstruct Revere Road as part of the Quincy Concourse project;
· $1.6 million to resurface Washington Street in Somerville;
· $1.7 million for statewide fiber-optics enhancement to the Massachusetts Turnpike.
“These transportation projects help reverse decades of neglect of our roads and bridges and support the transportation needs of our communities,” said Highway Division Administrator Luisa Paiewonsky. “From bike path expansion to the critical to much-needed repairs to our highways, we are making investments that create jobs and ensure the long-term health of transportation infrastructure.”
In December, the Patrick-Murray Administration unveiled a new, automatically-updated interactive web-based map at www.mass.gov/massdot/recovery that allows the public to view the latest information about all American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) transportation projects.
The ARRA map allows the public to see recovery projects sorted by County, Planning Region and Congressional District, in addition to the project-by-project view available on previous maps. The interactive map also includes the latest information about project bid advertisements, construction start dates and amount of money spent to date.
For the latest information about Massachusetts transportation, visit the MassDOT blog at www.mass.gov/blog/transportation or follow MassDOT on twitter at www.twitter.com/massdot.
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