Post Content

The Patrick Administration announced bids have been awarded under an aggressive timeline for the first five “shovel-ready” transportation projects using federal highway stimulus funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. 

The bid process moved quickly and proved cost effective.  Bids were opened, awards made, and a “notice to proceed” issued just five weeks after the projects were advertised for bid.  Construction on all projects is expected to begin in the next two weeks.

In four of the five projects, the awarded bid came in below the original estimated cost.  Awarded bids in those four projects range from 2.7% to as much as 16.4% below estimate.  In all five projects the bidder with the lowest project cost was awarded the bid. The total cost of all five projects represents an overall 5% savings. 

The first five projects with estimated total value of $11.5 million represent road resurfacing and traffic sign replacement in the following locations:

• Adams- Route 116
• Bourne- Route 6 (Scenic Highway)
• Bridgewater-Middleborough- Route 18 & Route 28
• Lexington-Reading- Route 128 (I-95), Sign Replacement
• Swansea- Route 6

More than $153.2 million will be committed to “shovel-ready” projects advertised for bid within the next 120 days. 

Learn more about Governor Patrick’s Massachusetts Recovery and Reinvestment Plan here.  Information about Massachusetts’ transportation stimulus projects, including an interactive Google map is here

Written By:

Recent Posts

Cold Weather: Prepare Your Vehicle for Winter Driving posted on Dec 15

Cold Weather: Prepare Your Vehicle for Winter Driving

MassDOT reminds motorists to be prepared before traveling during cold weather. Check these tips for preparing your vehicle for winter driving and carrying important winter car supplies. Preparing your vehicle for winter driving Keeping your vehicle in top operating condition is especially important to avoid   …Continue Reading Cold Weather: Prepare Your Vehicle for Winter Driving

MassDOT, Boston Harbor Now Present Proposed Ferry Site Short List to Seaport Economic Council posted on Dec 11

MassDOT, Boston Harbor Now Present Proposed Ferry Site Short List to Seaport Economic Council

Members of the Seaport Economic Council convened today and were briefed on a dozen sites which have been identified by stakeholders as having the best potential for new or expanded ferry service.  As part of the ongoing Boston Harbor Water Transportation Study, routes between these   …Continue Reading MassDOT, Boston Harbor Now Present Proposed Ferry Site Short List to Seaport Economic Council

RMV New Steps: More Customers Eligible for Online Transactions posted on Dec 11

RMV New Steps: More Customers Eligible for Online Transactions

The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) is taking steps to allow more customers the opportunity to renew a driver’s license or ID card online. The RMV has extended the length of time a customer can use a license photo from 9 years to 14   …Continue Reading RMV New Steps: More Customers Eligible for Online Transactions