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MassDOT Transportation Secretary and Chair of the Seaport Advisory Council Richard A. Davey today announced the Seaport Advisory Council grant program awarded more than $18 million in funding to support infrastructure improvements and job creation along the Commonwealth’s coast.

“As the Patrick Administration continues to invest in cities and towns across Massachusetts, we recognize and understand the importance of improved infrastructure in our seaport communities,” said Secretary Davey.  “The Council, in partnership with seaport communities, will help sustain the regional industries, support job creation, and improve local economies up and down our coast.”

The Seaport Advisory Council is regularly presented with requests for projects that will boost local and regional economies as well as the port industries including commercial fishing, recreational boating, and tourism.  Secretary Davey’s designee Clinton Bench was accompanied by a full council, which includes Mayor Driscoll of Salem, Mayor Carolyn Kirk of Gloucester, and Mayor Jon Mitchell’s designee Jeff Stieb of New Bedford and Mayor Will Flanagan’s designee Ken Fiola of Fall River.

During Thursday’s meeting, the Council considered and approved projects throughout the state.  Each project included detailed plans for infrastructure improvements and economic development in seaport communities.  Approval of these projects will provide short term construction and engineering jobs and foster regional economic growth.  Funding for projects approved by the Seaport Advisory Council is supported by the Energy and Environmental Bond Bill, approved by the legislature and authorized by Governor Patrick in 2008.  Projects approved include the following:

$5,600,000 to support the Blynman Canal and Stacey Blvd Seawall Reconstruction Project in Gloucester. 

$4,000,000 to the ongoing improvements at the Blaney Street Wharf Project in Salem.

$50,000 in funding for the Bass River Dredging Engineering Project in Beverly. 

$2,000,000 to support the Union Wharf Rehabilitation Phase I Project in Fairhaven.

$2,900,000 to the ongoing improvements at the State Pier South Basin Improvements Phase 2 in Fall River.

$120,500 in funding for the Ground Fish Study and Import/Export Initiative Project in New Bedford. 

$2,000,000 to support the Oak Bluffs Public Access Improvement Phase 1 Project.

$1,075,000 to support construction of the Harbormaster Facility Project in Marshfield.  .

$292,305 to the ongoing efforts at the Rehabilitation of Town Pier Project in Scituate.

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