Governor Deval Patrick joined with local leaders today at Park Square in downtown Pittsfield, a Massachusetts Works project nearing completion. The $2.3 million Park Square project will be completed on time in early June and within MassDOT's budget.
The project is transforming Park Square by improving traffic safety at three busy intersections surrounding the Square and making streetscape and sidewalk improvements. It is one of several hundred underway or scheduled to break ground this year as part of the Patrick-Murray Administration's Massachusetts Works initiative, a series of investments totaling over $4 billion that will put nearly 20,000 people to work across the Commonwealth this construction season.
"We are putting shovels in the ground and thousands of people to work across the Commonwealth," said Governor Patrick. "This investment dramatically improves the heart of downtown Pittsfield for drivers, pedestrians and small businesses alike."
Because of Governor Patrick's historic investment in the state's roads, bridges and transit systems, MassDOT is delivering more transportation projects than ever on time and on budget. In 2010, the Commonwealth is projected to invest an unprecedented $1.085 billion in more than 350 projects funded by the state road and bridge program, Accelerated Bridge Program to repair structurally-deficient bridges, and federal stimulus transportation funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
The historic eight-year Accelerated Bridge Program initiated in fall 2008 has already reduced the number of structurally-deficient bridges by nearly 10%, down from 543 to 494. And MassDOT's streamlining of the construction process has reduced the time for construction contract advertisement to construction start by 43%, from 218 days in 2008 to 124 days in 2009.
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