Governor Deval Patrick today joined local leaders in Abington to highlight a $1.67 million MassDOT Public Works Economic Development (PWED) grant helping to revitalize the North Abington business district.
Now under construction, the funds support the redevelopment of the district through roadway resurfacing, sidewalk improvements and streetscape enhancements. The project includes installation of a traffic signal at Routes 58 and 139, and construction of a 34-space parking lot for nearby Arnold Park. The project is moving forward with new parking already in place and with work continuing through this fall.
"This project is making real improvements to the Abington business district and creating even more private investment as a result," said Governor Patrick. "This is how we strengthen this economy and continue to outperform other states."
MassDOT provides PWED funding awards to municipalities for transportation infrastructure improvements that will spur economic development, job creation, smart growth and better pedestrian access. Since 2000, nearly 100 projects in 66 municipalities have been awarded approximately $100 million. The grant funding has leveraged hundreds of millions of dollars in private investment and helped create thousands of local jobs — both permanent and temporary construction jobs.
MassDOT transportation infrastructure investments, including road and bridge projects, are part of the more than $4 billion infrastructure investments being made as part of the Administration's Massachusetts Works initiative putting nearly 20,000 people to work across the state this construction season.
The Commonwealth's investment in roads and bridges has grown from $515 million in fiscal year 2007 to a projected $1.085 billion in fiscal year 2010.The road and bridge construction program will support more than 10,000 jobs on 385 separate projects across the Commonwealth.
Learn more about Massachusetts Works.