Governor Deval Patrick today celebrated the start of phase one of construction to extend the MBTA’s Green Line into the cities of Medford and Somerville.
“Today, we’re here to reaffirm our commitment to seeing this project get under way,” said Governor Patrick. “For the residents of Somerville and Medford, the Green Line extension means expanded employment opportunity, housing opportunity and recreational opportunity. This project is about more than transportation. It’s about growth.”
Phase one of the Green Line Extension is a $12.9 million effort to reconstruct two railroad bridges in Medford and Somerville to accommodate new Green Line tracks. In addition, under the contract, a building in the city of Cambridge will be demolished to clear the path from extending the tracks from Lechmere Station.
On June 11, 2012, MassDOT received notification from the Federal Transit Administration that its application to enter the preliminary engineering phase of the project for the New Starts Program was approved. This approval puts the Green Line Extension project into a position where by it can compete for funding to finance approximately half the project’s total cost.
“This project is a long time coming, and we’re grateful to all of the advocates who have kept this project in the forefront of our minds,” said Secretary Davey. “We’re excited that work along this corridor is taking a major step forward and we look forward to continue making progress.”
The project contractor is Barletta Heavy Division. Phase I includes reconstructing the Harvard Street Bridge in Medford and the Medford Street Bridge in Somerville. Harvard Street Bridge reconstruction will begin this month; Medford Street Bridge reconstruction will begin in the spring 2013. Demolition of the building located at 21 Water Street in Cambridge will occur later in 2013. The overall project is expected to cost $1.12 billion.