The Patrick Administration announced its federal highway investments have already exceeded the $153.2 million Massachusetts commitment under the federal “use-it-or-lose it” 120-day deadline of June 30. A total of 31 shovel ready projects with an investment of $187.4 million have moved forward under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
A $70 million Fall River-Freetown Route 24 project announced today is one of several initial Massachusetts projects funded by ARRA focused on investing in critical transportation infrastructure projects that achieve multiple objectives including economic development, regional equity, stronger public transit and job creation components. Other examples include the $12.8 million innovative Franklin Regional Transit Center project to provide a transportation hub for Franklin County and the $4.1 million Newburyport Park & Ride expansion project advertised for bid this month.
The Route 24 project includes a new Exit 8B interchange along with construction of new access roads that will provide economic benefits to Freetown and Fall River by improving access to commercial developments.
Additional ARRA projects advertised for bid in June using federal stimulus funds include:
Wilbraham- $3.3 million bridge rehabilitation, Red Bridge Road.
Fitchburg/Westminster- $8 million resurfacing, Route 2
Shrewsbury/Worcester- $3.5 million resurfacing, Route 20
Avon/Stoughton- $5 million resurfacing, Route 24
Brockton- $5.8 million reconstruction of Route 27 at West Street
Westford- $4.1 million intersection and signal improvements, Route 110 and Route 225.
Massachusetts has received the authority from the federal government to spend a total of $437.9 million on ARRA transportation projects. Projects funded with the remaining transportation federal stimulus funds must be advertised for bid by March 2010.