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image002-2Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito today joined Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver, members of the Massachusetts Legislature, municipal officials, and local leaders at a ground breaking event to celebrate the start of an $8.2 million roadway construction project in Fitchburg, Lunenburg, and Leominster.

With this project, MassDOT will be reconstructing a 1.6 mile section of Summer Street and North Street in Fitchburg, Lunenburg, and Leominster and adding new accommodations including 5-foot bicycle lanes and sidewalks on both sides of the roadway.

“Our administration is continuing to make investments to improve transportation infrastructure across the Commonwealth so that residents and commuters are able to reach their destinations in a more reliable way,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We are pleased to begin construction on this project which will provide better access to jobs and economic opportunities throughout this area.”

“We are continuing to coordinate with cities and towns throughout Massachusetts to support projects to upgrade local roads,” said Lieutenant Governor Polito. “These improvements will provide accommodations for users of different modes of transportation including bicyclists and pedestrians, and we thank everyone who has been involved in this project and helped us reach this important milestone.”

The scope of work for this project will include full depth reconstruction, paving, installing drainage structures, granite curbing, guardrail, pavement marking, signage, and carrying out landscaping work. The full project is currently expected to be completed in 2020.

“MassDOT is proud to be carrying out this roadway construction project that will offer new multi-modal benefits such as bicycle lanes and sidewalks and help promote safe travel for all users,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “We thank the members of the public and local leaders who have provided support and feedback throughout the design process and we look forward to the completion of this project.”

“This project is helping to improve a key corridor that is used to reach destinations throughout these local communities,” said Highway Administrator Gulliver. “We thank the MassDOT staff members who have planned this project so that it will provide benefits for all modes of transportation while ensuring reliability and accessibility throughout this area.”

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