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As part of the Patrick-Murray Administration's historic Massachusetts Works program to promote job growth and long-term economic recovery, Governor Deval Patrick today joined with Congressman Olver and local leaders in the Town of Orange to highlight ongoing road and bridge improvement projects totaling $27 million along Route 2 in Orange, Erving, Gill, Athol, Wendell, and Phillipston.

  Orange, Route 2, Governor Patrick, August 30, 2010

The $11.7 million Route 2 project in Orange is reconstructing and making safety improvements along 5 miles of Route 2, including rehabilitating and widening the Route 2 Bridge over Route 122.  The project is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).  

The Patrick-Murray Administration's MassDOT is widening the shoulder, extending the existing climbing lanes, and improving the acceleration and deceleration lanes and the alignments at various on/off ramps. In addition, the Route 2 Bridge over Route 122 will be widened and the superstructure replaced to accommodate the proposed widened climbing lane.

The Route 2 project in Orange, scheduled for completion in 2012, is among six projects in MassDOT's Route 2 Safety Improvement Initiative. For several years, MassDOT has partnered with the Route 2 Task force to implement improvements along the entire corridor, working from a regional perspective to reach consensus among the communities about how the corridor should look as a whole.

Other projects include:  

–  $2.5M reconstruction of Route 2 in Erving from River Road to Old Route 2.

–  $1.5M construction of a new bridge carrying Route 2 over Lake Rohunta from Athol to Orange.

–  $2.9M ARRA project for the resurfacing of Route 2 and other improvements in Erving, Gill, Orange, and Wendell.

–  $5.3M reconstruction of two Route 2 bridges in Erving over Route 63 and the New England Central Railroad.

–  The innovative $3.1M design/build ABP bridge replacement on Route 2 over Route 2A in Phillipston.

The statewide road and bridge program combined with the eight-year, $3 billion Accelerated Bridge Program and federal stimulus funds have more than doubled the Commonwealth's investment in roads and bridges from $515 million in FY2007 to a projected $1.085 in FY2010. 

The combined road and bridge construction program will support more than 10,000 jobs on 385 separate projects across the Commonwealth. 

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