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tewksbury-governor-baker-route-38-july-19-2017Governor Charlie Baker joined Acting Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver and MassDOT officials at a roadway resurfacing project to celebrate the Baker-Polito Administration’s investment of over $250 million in Fiscal Year 2017 on 90 roadway and bridge projects impacting 61 local cities and towns in Northeast Massachusetts.

The administration has been visiting MassDOT Highway Districts across the state to highlight the positive regional impacts of more than $2.8 billion spent since 2015 on highway construction projects and bridges, pavement, intersection and sidewalk improvements, and bike lanes, while authorizing over $700 million in Chapter 90 local transportation funding for cities and towns.  An additional $30 million has been invested through Complete Streets and Municipal Small Bridge programming to support local transportation planning and community bridges not eligible for federal aid.

Statewide, those investments have paved approximately 2,000 lane miles, enough to cross Massachusetts and back at least five times; installed 160 miles of sidewalk, enough to almost encircle the Quabbin Reservoir; and rehabilitated or replaced approximately 80 bridges. Projects include installing new safety equipment, optimizing traffic configuration, lane and intersection widening and promoting reduced congestion.

“We are proud to have invested over $250 million in 90 road and bridge projects in 61 cities and towns across northeastern Massachusetts this past year,” said Governor Baker. “Improving the Commonwealth’s highways, roads, bridges, public transit, and sidewalks provides new opportunities for transit and development throughout our communities.”

“By continuing efforts to upgrade infrastructure, we are able to support local communities and promote job growth to keep our economy strong,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “During the last year, MassDOT has had dozens of active roadway and bridge projects underway in the northeast area of the state, each meaning easier, safer and more efficient travel for people in surrounding communities.”

The maintenance project on Route 38 in Tewksbury, which Governor Baker visited today, began after conversations and collaborative efforts with members of the public, State Senator Barbra L’Italien, State Representative James Miceli, State Representative Jim Lyons, and municipal leaders from the town of Tewksbury. The project includes resurfacing the road, addressing drainage issues and placing pavement markings on a 3,500 foot stretch of Route 38 from the Wilmington town line to the intersection of South Street. The estimated cost of the project is $350,000 and the construction is expected to be completed by the end of this month.

“We are pleased to have been able to work so closely with local elected officials on this project,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “This project, like so many others, provides a vital link between neighborhoods and business districts and the new construction addresses many concerns raised by community members.”

“This work we are seeing today in Tewksbury is a prelude of a larger project set to begin in Fiscal Year 2019,” said Acting Highway Administrator Gulliver. “The larger project is set to include significant improvements to Route 38 intersections as well as road areas beyond the intersections.”

Notable ongoing projects in Northeast Massachusetts or District 4 area include:

  • Amesbury: The project to replace the bridge on I-495 over the Amesbury Riverwalk Bikeway.
  • Amesbury – Newburyport – Salisbury: The I-95 reconstruction and Whittier Bridge replacement project over the Merrimack River.
  • Andover: The project to replace the bridge that carries North Main Street over the MBTA and Pan-Am Railroads.
  • Andover – Lawrence – North Andover: The resurfacing project (including 12 bridges) along I-495.
  • Arlington: The project to provide bicycle lanes and connect the ends of the Minuteman Bikeway.
  • Bedford: The Safe Routes to School project at John Glenn Middle School.
  • Bedford – Billerica: The project to make improvements to the Middlesex Turnpike.
  • Beverly: The roadway reconstruction project along Route 1A.
  • Beverly: The resurfacing (including 3 bridges) project along Route 128.
  • Billerica: The project to reconstruct a section of Allen Road.
  • Boston – Somerville: The project to resurface sections of I-93.
  • Cambridge – Somerville: The roadway reconstruction and installation of a new traffic signal system on Beacon Street.
  • Chelmsford: The bridge superstructure replacement on Hunt Road over I-495.
  • Chelsea – Saugus: The resurfacing and related work (including 9 bridges) along Route 1.
  • Concord: The Bruce Freeman Rail Trail (Phase 2C) Project.
  • Concord – Chelmsford – Peabody: The drainage improvements along Routes 2, 3, and 128
  • Danvers: The bridge replacement on Water Street (Route 35) over the Waters River.
  • Danvers – Medford: The project to make drainage repairs along Route 1 and I-93 and I-95.
  • Everett: The multi-use pathway construction and ramp and sidewalk connections to the North Stand Community Trail.
  • Everett – Medford: The project to replace two bridges carrying Revere Beach Parkway (Route 16) over the Malden River (Woods Memorial Bridge) and over the MBTA Orange Line, Commuter Rail and Rivers Edge Drive.
  • Groveland: The roadway reconstruction project on Route 97.
  • Haverhill: The roadway reconstruction and signal improvements project on Route 125.
  • Haverhill: The Haverhill Riverwalk Project.
  • Lawrence – North Andover: The resurfacing project (including 7 bridges) and barrier repairs along I-495.
  • Lexington: The roadway reconstruction along Route 4/225 (Massachusetts Ave) and adjacent streets.
  • Lexington – Burlington: The resurfacing and median barrier placement along I-95 and two bridge deck repairs.
  • Lowell: The bridge replacement on Market Street over the Western Canal.
  • Lowell: The bridge replacement on the VFW Highway over Beaver Brook.
  • Lynnfield – Peabody: The resurfacing and related work on Route 1.
  • Medford: The reconstruction of the Cradock Bridge (Route 38) over the Mystic River.
  • Methuen: The I-93 intersection reconstruction project at Routes 110/113 (Methuen Rotary).
  • Methuen: The resurfacing project along the Route 213 Loop Connector.
  • Newbury – Newburyport: The Clipper City Rail Trail (Phase II) Project.
  • Salem: The roadway and shared path reconstruction on Canal Street.
  • Somerville: The sidewalk reconstruction at the intersection of Route 38 (Mystic Avenue) and Temple Road/Street (Safe Routes to School – Healy School).
  • Stoneham – Winchester – Woburn: The Tri-Community Bikeway Project.


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