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image001Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack today joined Acting Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver and MassDOT officials at a road reconstruction project in Dalton to celebrate over $60 million invested by the Baker-Polito Administration in Fiscal Year 2017 in 20 roadway and bridge projects benefiting 56 local communities throughout the Berkshires Region.

The Baker-Polito Administration is visiting MassDOT Highway Districts to highlight the positive regional impacts of over $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 5 times; installed 160 miles of sidewalk, almost encircling 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.

“Our local communities benefit and thrive from the opportunities provided by reliable infrastructure and connections to jobs, small businesses and schools,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Throughout the Berkshires, these investments and 20 projects are having a significant and positive impact on the economy of the region, and 56 of our communities.”

“We are pleased to collaborate with our municipal partners to invest in roads, bridges and other infrastructure that advances our strategic transit needs and goals for economic growth and development,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “Investments of over $2.8 billion in key projects statewide, like the Housatonic Street reconstruction in Dalton, are making it possible for more people to get to the places they need to be safely and efficiently, whether by car, bike or foot.”

The event today was held at the project to replace reconstruct and improve a section of Housatonic Street in Dalton. This $10.5 million project will involve adding pedestrian and bicycle accommodations, repaving the roadway, and drainage improvements in order to ensure safe and reliable travel along this roadway.

“We thank all our work crews who are helping us build the infrastructure that allows our residents to safely and reliably travel throughout the Commonwealth no matter their destination,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “These key capital investments being made by our Administration are improving our roads and bridges and enabling people throughout Massachusetts to use public transit, bike, walk, or drive across our cities and towns.”

“We are proud of the roadway and bridge investments being made across the Berkshires region in order to encourage safe and effective travel,” said Acting Highway Administrator Gulliver. “These infrastructure improvements are critical to the vitality and strength of our Commonwealth as they promote the connectivity that allows our residents to reach the people, jobs, businesses, and opportunities that improve our quality of life.”

Notable ongoing projects in the Berkshire region or Highway District 1 area include:

  • Colrain: The project to carry out bridge and culvert replacements along Jacksonville Road (Route 112) over the East Branch of the North River.
  • Cummington: The concrete retaining wall replacement project adjacent at the bridge over the Westfield Brook.
  • Florida: The project to replace that bridge that carries South County Road over the Cold River.
  • Goshen: The resurfacing project (including 2 bridges) along a section of Route 9.
  • Great Barrington: The bridge superstructure replacement project on Route 183 (Park Street) over the Housatonic River
  • Great Barrington: The assisted repair of the bridge on Bridge Street.
  • Great Barrington – Sheffield: The resurfacing project along a intersection of Route 7 (Sheffield Plain, North, South, and Main Streets).
  • Heath: The replacement of the bridge that carries Sadoga Road over Burrington Brook.
  • Lanesborough: The bridge replacement project of Narragansett Avenue over Pontoosuc Lake.
  • Lee: The repairs on the bridge that carries I-90 over Route 20 and the Housatonic River.
  • Pittsfield: The intersection improvements and related work on Route 20 at Center and Elizabeth Streets.
  • New Marlborough: The bridge superstructure replacement on Hadsell Street over the Umpachene River.
  • Shelburne: The intersection improvements on Route 2 (Mohawk Trail) at Colrain Shelburne Road.
  • Washington: The bridge superstructure replacement on Summit Hill Road over CSX Railroad.
  • West Stockbridge: The project to make bridge deck, joint, and superstructure repairs on the Route 102 (Albany Street) bridge over I-90.
  • West Stockbridge: The project to make bridge deck, joint, and superstructure repairs on the bridge that carries I-90 over the Williams River and at various locations

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