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lt-governor-polito-bridge-program-march-29-2017The Baker-Polito Administration today awarded $16 million to 36 communities for the funding of preservation, repair or replacement of bridges with spans of 10 to 20 feet. The funding is the first round of awards through the administration’s Municipal Small Bridge Program, and was announced at a Massachusetts State House ceremony by Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack and Highway Administrator Thomas J. Tinlin.

“Our administration is proud to collaborate with cities and towns in strengthening our transportation systems and facilitating safe, effective, and reliable travel,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “With the Municipal Small Bridge Program, we are providing opportunities to municipalities throughout the Commonwealth to preserve and replace critical infrastructure.”

“We are pleased to announce the first round of awards through the Municipal Small Bridge Program,” said Lieutenant Governor Polito. “We are committed to partnering with communities throughout Massachusetts, and with our Municipal Small Bridge Program, cities and towns are provided with the resources to design and develop small bridge projects that improve safety and quality of life in these areas.”

The Municipal Small Bridge Program, signed into law on August 10, 2016, by Governor Baker, is a several-year $50 million program to aid in the replacement and preservation of municipally-owned small bridges which are not eligible for federal aid under existing bridge replacement or rehabilitation programs and are at high risk for full or partial closure in the near future due to their present conditions.

“Bridges are more than just structures. They link people to schools, jobs and other important destinations,” said Secretary Pollack. “The Baker-Polito Administration is continuing to work closely with municipalities under the umbrella of the Municipal Small Bridge Program in order to ensure they have the resources to improve their transportation infrastructure.”

“The Municipal Small Bridge Program is an important initiative that is helping empower cities and towns to replace and preserve crucial links within their communities,” said Highway Administrator Tinlin. “We are proud to award these funds and work with our local municipalities as posting or closure of these bridges can have major impacts on the lives of residents in these communities, with detour routes that are cumbersome, access that is no longer available and delayed emergency response.”

The Municipal Small Bridge program is a need and merit based program that seeks to fund those applications that demonstrate a critical need or substantially extend the life of an existing small bridge.  Projects are evaluated according to a strict set of eligibility criteria that consider the condition, benefits, and repair status of each bridge.

Municipal Small Bridge Program Award Winners:

Arlington will receive $500,000 to replace a bridge on Mystic Street (Route 3) the Mill Brook.

Ashfield will receive $500,000 to replace a bridge on Apple Valley Road over the Upper Branch Clesson Brook.

Ayer will receive $500,000 to replace a bridge on West Main Street over the Nonacocicus Brook.

Blandford will receive $500,000 to rehabilitate bridges on Blandford Road and Gore Road over Tiffany Brook.

Brockton will receive $479,000 to rehabilitate a bridge on West Elm Street over the Salisbury Brook.

Charlemont will receive $490,000 to replace a bridge on Maxwell Road over the Maxwell Brook.

Charlton will receive $500,000 to rehabilitate a bridge on Potter Village Road over the Stearns Brook.

Chesterfield will receive $250,000 to rehabilitate a bridge on Ireland Street over the Jackson Brook.

Colrain will receive $500,000 to replace a bridge on Adamsville Road over the Tisdell Brook.

Easton will receive $450,000 to replace a bridge on South Street over the Mulberry Brook.

Fitchburg will receive $130,000 to rehabilitate a bridge on Ashburnham Street/Route 12.

Framingham will receive $500,000 to replace a bridge on Beaver Street over the Beaver Dam Brook.

Huntington will receive $300,000 to rehabilitate a bridge on Searle Road over the Pond Brook.

Leominster will receive $450,000 to replace a bridge on Litchfield Street over the Fall Brook.

Mattapoisett will receive $500,000 to replace a bridge on Acushnet Road over the Mattapoisett River.

Medfield will receive $95,000 to rehabilitate a bridge on Philip Street over the Mine Brook.

Monson will receive $500,000 to replace a bridge on Silver Street over the Twelve Mile Brook.

Newbury will receive $260,000 to rehabilitate a bridge on Main Street over the Parker River.

North Attleboro will receive $500,000 to replace a bridge on Chestnut Street over the Ten Mile River.

Plainville will receive $500,000 to replace a bridge on Mirimichi Street over the Mirimichi Lake.

Princeton will receive $500,000 to replace a bridge on East Princeton Road over the East Wachusett Brook.

Saugus will receive $500,000 to replace a bridge on Water Street over the Saugus River.

Sheffield will receive $420,000 to rehabilitate a bridge on County Road over the Ironwork Brook.

Southwick will receive $500,000 to replace a bridge on North Loomis Street over the Shurtleff Brook.

Stockbridge will receive $500,000 to replace a bridge on Route 183 over the Larrywuag Brook.

Tolland will receive $500,000 to replace a bridge on Colebrook River Road over the Cranberry Pond Brook.

Upton will receive $500,000 to replace a bridge on Fowler Street over the Warren Brook.

Wareham will receive $500,000 to rehabilitate a bridge on Elm Street over the Parker Mill Road.

Warwick will receive $500,000 to replace a bridge on Gale Road over the Gales Brook.

Washington will receive $250,000 to replace a bridge on Middlefield Road over the Coles Brook.

Wendell will receive $450,000 to replace a bridge on Wendell Depot Road over the Whetstone Brook.

Westborough will receive $500,000 to rehabilitate a bridge on Fisher Street over the Assabet River

Weymouth will receive $500,000 to replace a bridge on Commercial Street over the Herring Brook.

Whately will receive $497,000 to replace a bridge on Williamsburg Road over the West Brook/Sanderson Brook.

Windsor will receive $500,000 to rehabilitate a bridge on Flintstone Road over the Tyler Brook.

Worthington will receive $500,000 to replace a bridge on Adams Road over the Kinne Brook.

The available funding for the Municipal Small Bridge Program is $50 million.

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