The Patrick-Murray Administration has given formal approval to Small Town Road Assistance Program (STRAP) grants for critical road reconstruction projects in Ashburnham, Avon, Becket, Monroe, and New Marlborough. The MassDOT grants of up to $500,000 target projects that improve public safety and promote economic development in smaller communities. The projects include:
Ashburnham- $500,000 for paving and reclamation of 2.5 miles of Rindge Turnpike Road to address poor pavement and roadway flooding conditions.
Avon- $500,000 for reconstruction, drainage improvements, and new sidewalks on Pond Street to address neighborhood flooding caused by insufficient drainage.
Becket: $500,000 for resurfacing and drainage improvements on Algerie Road and Bonnie Hill Road to address current hazardous roadway conditions.
Monroe: $250,000 for Kingsley Hill Road reconstruction to address hazardous conditions after one lane of the road and the embankment washed away.
New Marlborough: $500,000 for reconstruction of 3.4 miles of Clayton Road to address extreme pavement cracking and deterioration.
The grants were approved through MassDOT following a competitive application process. The 2008 transportation bond bill signed by Governor Patrick expanded the number of communities eligible for STRAP grants by raising the population threshold from 3,500 to 7,000. Additional grant awards are expected in FY2011. Learn more about the STRAP program.
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