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image004-8The Baker-Polito Administration’s Department of Transportation today held a ribbon-cutting event with state and local officials to celebrate the newly reconstructed Padanaram Bridge Causeway in Dartmouth.

Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito joined Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack, Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver, State Representative Chris Markey, and local officials and community members to mark the official completion of the $10.5 million project.

“Reconstructing the Padanaram Bridge Causeway has helped enhance access to local businesses in Padanaram Village, the waterfront and surrounding coastal areas,” said Governor Baker.  “We are pleased to work closely with our local partners on this project to support economic development opportunities and tourism in the scenic South Coast region.”

“Thank you to the state and local stakeholders who collaborated on this project to provide more convenient travel options for residents and visitors,”said Lieutenant Governor Polito. “This investment in the Causeway and surrounding areas will help improve the quality of life for residents of the South Coast.”

The work on the Padanaram Bridge Causeway Reconstruction Project began in June of 2016 with the bridge being permanently closed in August 2016.  The project included roadway, drainage, environmental, structural and lighting improvements along Gulf Road from the eastern edge of Apponagansett Park to the Padanaram Bridge and Smith Neck Road from Gulf Road southerly approximately 400 feet.  The project also widened sidewalks to allow for multi-modal transportation and included paving and milling of the roadway.

“MassDOT is pleased to see the successful completion of this reconstruction project that facilitates a more direct connection from the rural portions of South Dartmouth to the Padanaram Village,” said MassDOT Transportation Secretary and CEO Pollack. “We hope that many people will visit this region, and enjoy the newly reconstructed multi-modal accommodations that are available to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.”

“The Highway Division would like to thank state and local officials, MassDOT staff, and the project’s contractor for all of their hard work and support for this project,” said Highway Administrator Gulliver.  “We very much appreciate the patience that was shown by members of the general public and many local businesses while we made necessary structural improvements to the Causeway, widened sidewalks and upgraded lighting to increase multi-modal access to this important transportation connection.”

“There isn’t anything about a new Padanaram Bridge that I can say that the people who live in the surrounding communities don’t already know – reconstruction was necessary and I’m glad it’s completed,” said Congressman Bill Keating. “ It’s always a positive when federal, state, and local funds can be used in concert to get things done, as was the case here.”

“This project is key to ensuring the continued success of the village’s revival so that our great local businesses can continue to grow and thrive,” said State Senator Mark Montigny.  “I want to thank our residents and business owners for their patience and the Baker Administration for working with us to complete this project a bit earlier than originally expected.”

“This is a classic example of local, regional and state governments working together,” said State Representative Markey.  “It starts from the top,  and the priority the Governor and Lt Governor  have invested in having all levels of government working together.  Here, the state funding, the regional planning, and the local investment and cooperation all allowed this to happen.  The causeway is an essential roadway in our town and we should be grateful that the Baker-Polito administration was willing to invest in it.”

“The project was more than just a rebuilding of a causeway, it represents a partnership between the Commonwealth and Municipalities under this administration and one that will continue to improve infrastructure throughout the area, region and Commonwealth,” said Dartmouth Board of Selectmen Chair Shawn McDonald. “I am looking forward to future projects with the State in our Town.”

The project contractor for the Padanaram Bridge Causeway Project was John Rocchio Corporation.

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