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methuen-rotary-aerial-december-2017The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has announced that crews have reached the full beneficial use milestone for the $66.4 million Methuen Rotary Project, meaning that the majority of construction work is now completed and motorists can enjoy the full benefits of this project.

This major construction project has 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 substantial completion milestone is also expected to be achieved by the end of this month and only punch-list items such as site cleanup and landscaping will remain to be completed in spring 2018.

“We are pleased to have reached this milestone for the Methuen Rotary Reconstruction Project so that drivers now have full use of the roadways and reconstructed on and off-ramps at this location,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “We thank the public for their patience and cooperation and the local elected officials and civic leaders who have supported the project team throughout our operations.”

“We are proud of the hard work of our MassDOT Highway Division crews and contractors in achieving this milestone which means that most of the physical construction work is now complete,” said MassDOT Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “All those traveling through this location will now have an easier time driving on the highway, exiting or entering onto the new interchange ramps, or, on local roadways, walking, bicycling, driving, or using public transit.

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.

“As the Methuen Rotary project nears completion, it is exciting to see the positive impact a state and federal partnership can have on making essential highway infrastructure safer and more effective,” said Congresswoman Niki Tsongas. “The Methuen Rotary is a crucial project for the future economic success of the Merrimack Valley region.”

“It is truly exciting to see a project that I have worked on since I was a City Councilor come to fruition on-budget and ahead of schedule,” said State Representative Linda Dean Campbell. “My congratulations to the citizens of Methuen who provided input, and to the Department of Transportation who listened to local concerns. The crews and contractors and the Department of Transportation are to be congratulated for producing a project of the highest quality that has greatly improved public safety and traffic flow. This is good government at its best.”

“With the majority of construction completed, the Methuen rotary project should allow travelers safer and more efficient passage in and around the area,” said State Senator Kathleen O’Connor Ives.

“The completion of the Methuen Rotary Project will, in addition to making our roads safer and improving traffic flow, boost the local economy by attracting more businesses to the area,” said State Representative Diana DiZoglio. “For so long, the rotary has been prone to traffic accidents and congestion. Highway crews and contractors have done outstanding reconstruction work to remedy these concerns and the public is also to be commended for their patience along the way through this project.”

“The elimination of the rotary and enhancements to this major intersection will open up a whole section of our city, easing the commute of our residents, and create economic opportunities for our entire community,” said Methuen Mayor Stephen Zanni. “It has been a longtime coming, but it has been so worth it.”

“I am proud of the work that the Massachusetts Department of Transportation has accomplished with this major construction,” said State Representative Frank Moran. “The motorist traveling throughout this route will benefit from improved traffic flow and increased safety along this route.  I am looking forward to better traffic conditions at this location.”

The Baker-Polito Administration has invested over $2.8 billion 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 building infrastructure which accommodates everyone, whether they are on foot, riding a bike, taking mass transit, or driving.

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