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image004-11MassDOT Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver today joined Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, members of the Massachusetts Legislature, municipal officials, and local leaders at a ribbon cutting event celebrating the full completion of the $66.4 million Methuen Rotary Reconstruction Project.

This major construction project reconstructed the I-93 Exit 46 interchange at Routes 110/113 in Methuen and replaced the existing rotary with a partial cloverleaf interchange in order to improve traffic flow and increase safety. The full project was completed earlier this year

“We are proud to have completed the Methuen Rotary Reconstruction Project and made many improvements throughout this corridor so that people will now have an easier time entering or exiting this interchange,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “This project is an example of the Baker-Polito Administration’s efforts to work with local officials on major core infrastructure improvements and the Commonwealth has appreciated the support and input we received throughout the construction process.”

“The Methuen Rotary and I-93 interchange project has been a long time coming and it is exciting to see it come to fruition,” said Congresswoman Tsongas. “Since 2009, I have worked in conjunction with state officials to secure significant federal funding and support to advance this critical infrastructure project that means so much to the region. As many residents know, this is an integral part of the transportation artery that links people from the Third District to jobs, commerce and recreation along the northern-Massachusetts corridor, and into the city of Boston. The project will benefit economic development, public safety and the livelihood of residents well into the future. Today’s celebration of the project’s finish is a testament to strong, longstanding public/private partnerships and the local, state and federal agencies who came together to find an efficient solution to a complex problem.”

“We thank the MassDOT crews and staff members for their hard work in carrying out this project and reconstructing this regionally-significant interchange,” said Highway Administrator Gulliver. “This project has many benefits including a fully redesigned interchange, multimodal improvements, and new roadway accommodations, and we are pleased to be celebrating its full completion with the local community.”

The full scope of work for this project included realigning and reconstructing four I-93 on and off-ramps, realigning Route 110/113, constructing new intersections, and building a new bridge carrying I-93 over the relocated Route 110/113. Additionally, crews carried out activities including demolishing two existing bridges that carried vehicles on I-93 over the former rotary roadways, installing new traffic signal equipment, sidewalks, bicycle lanes, and shoulders on local roadways, and putting in place noise barriers.

“What was most impressive to me as a city councilor and as a representative involved in the details of this project was the professional manner in which MassDOT conducted extensive meetings to listen to the concerns of residents,” said Representative Linda Dean Campbell. “Not only did they listen – they acted.  Hence the project included noise and pollution barriers and many other requests that improved the project. This project, on time, under budget has greatly improved the quality of life for citizens of this region. It is an example of the great work of MassDOT, great collaboration between local, state and federal officials and quality and pride of workmanship.”

“Over time, the completion of this project will, in addition to making our roads safer and improving traffic flow, support the local economy by attracting more businesses to the area,” said Representative Diana Dizolgio. “For so long, the Methuen Rotary was prone to traffic accidents and congestion, creating headaches for motorists during their daily commutes. Highway crews and contractors have done exceptional reconstruction work to address these concerns and travelers across the Merrimack Valley are also to be commended for their patience throughout the project.”

“The completion of this I-93 Exit 46 project in Methuen will solve a central issue of congestion, and allow for motorists to pass through this part of Methuen more safely,” said Representative Frank Moran. “I know that I, like so many other commuters, have faced delays and difficulties due to the previous rotary. I applaud MassDOT for their work on this critical infrastructure fix, and I hope residents in and around Methuen see a big benefit to our community.”

“I am very excited to join federal, state, and local leaders today in formally opening the Methuen rotary reconstruction project,” said Methuen Mayor James Jajuga. “This major initiative will have a significant impact on lessening traffic problems and creating opportunities for economic development in Methuen. We are very grateful to Cong. Tsongas in particular for her strong support at the federal level, as well as to MassDOT and our legislative delegation for all their hard work on making this project a reality.”

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