Governor Deval Patrick today announced that as of last Saturday the Commonwealth will have obligated its entire $437.9 million allotment of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) highway funding nearly a month ahead of the federally required deadline of March 2, 2010.
The 84 ARRA highway projects will create jobs in every corner of the state by repairing broken roads, supporting long-term economic development and creating more sustainable communities. In addition to critical road repairs like the $19.9 million in safety improvements to Route 2 in Orange, a record $58 million of highway funds were transferred to support critical public transit improvements, including $3.5 million for floating slab repair work on the MBTA’s Red Line, accessibility enhancements to the Wedgemere Commuter Rail station, and a new regional transit center and rail station in Greenfield.
"This strategic use of federal stimulus funds is putting Massachusetts residents to work today while ensuring we have a strong economic future for our children," said Governor Deval 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."
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. MassDOT partnered with the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development to strategically invest ARRA funds in projects that would create jobs today and in the future 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 that will create thousands of future jobs. Learn more here and after the jump.
"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:
o $19.9 million in safety improvements and upgrades along Route 2 in Orange.
o $3.3 million resurfacing project for Route 114 in Danvers and Peabody;
o $7.9 million reconstruction of a section of Nonantum Road in Boston, Watertown and Newton ($7.9 million);
o $4 million to construct the Minuteman Bikepath Connector project in Arlington and Somerville;
o $12.3 million for resurfacing of Route 9 in Framingham and Natick;
o $2.1 million for Phase II of the Route 152 reconstruction project in Attleboro;
o $2.7 million for resurfacing of Barker and Valentine roads in Pittsfield;
o $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;
o $1.6 million to resurface Washington Street in Somerville;
o $1.7 million for statewide fiber-optics enhancement to the Massachusetts Turnpike.
In December, the Patrick-Murray Administration unveiled a new, automatically-updated interactive web-based map with the latest information about all federal stimulus transportation projects.