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image001-2Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack today joined Acting Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver and MassDOT officials at a roadway reconstruction project to highlight over $135 million invested by the Baker-Polito Administration in Fiscal Year 2017 in 50 roadway and bridge projects impacting 56 cities and towns throughout the Pioneer Valley region.

The Baker-Polito Administration is visiting MassDOT Highway Districts to highlight the positive regional impacts of over $2.8 billion spent since 2015 on highway construction projects and bridges, pavement, intersection and sidewalk improvements, and bike lanes, while authorizing over $700 million in Chapter 90 local transportation funding for cities and towns.  An additional $30 million has been invested through Complete Streets and Municipal Small Bridge programming to support local transportation planning and community bridges not eligible for federal aid.

Statewide, those investments have paved approximately 2,000 lane miles, enough to cross Massachusetts and back at least 5 times; installed 160 miles of sidewalk, almost encircling the Quabbin Reservoir; and rehabilitated or replaced approximately 80 bridges. Projects include installing new safety equipment, optimizing traffic configuration, lane and intersection widening and promoting reduced congestion.

“Investing in our roads and bridges, and empowering residents to safely and efficiently travel across our Commonwealth, promotes stronger communities and economic growth for everyone,” said Governor Baker. “We are committed to making the strategic investments in the needs of our cities, towns and residents, including support for 50 road, bridge and highway projects throughout the Pioneer Valley.”

“Projects like the reconstruction of Converse Street in Longmeadow, and those going on throughout 56 cities and towns in the Pioneer Valley region, are ensuring our road and bridge infrastructure can accommodate all forms of travel, and the varying needs of our communities,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “We are dedicated to making the investments that support those traveling across and within the Commonwealth, whether by car, foot, bike or public transit.”

The event today was held in Longmeadow at the project to reconstruct and improve an area of Converse Street. This $3.6 million project consists of resurfacing and improving a section of this roadway, adding sidewalks and pedestrian accommodations, as well as rapid flashing pedestrian beacon systems.

“We are carrying out roadway and bridge projects all across Massachusetts in order to strengthen our transportation system and promote connectivity within our local communities,” said Secretary Pollack. “Every project is important not only because it increases reliability and ensures residents can enjoy its benefits for years to come, but also because it allows people to access the places and opportunities keep Commonwealth driving forward.

“We are pleased to be investing in roads and bridges all throughout the Pioneer Valley,” said Acting Highway Administrator Gulliver. “By carrying out reconstruction projects, such as the one on Converse Street, we can better support our local cities and towns that rely upon safe travel to achieve their local development priorities.”

Notable ongoing projects in the Pioneer Valley or Highway District 2 area include:

  • Belchertown: The project to conduct reconstruction and related work on Route 181 (Mill Valley Road and Franklin Street).
  • Belchertown – Warren: The demolition of two bridges (Wilson Street over the New England Central Railroad / Old Boston Post Road over the Naultaug Brook) and installation of new turn arounds at both locations.
  • Brimfield: The project to conduct resurfacing and related work on Route 20 (Sturbridge Road).
  • Chicopee – West Springfield: The project making bridge deck repairs and related work on bridges on I-90 over the Connecticut River.
  • Deerfield – Northampton: The project to conduct resurfacing and related work on a section of I-91 (including ramps, rest areas, and weigh stations).
  • Longmeadow – Springfield: The project to carry out resurfacing and related work (including 3 bridges) on a section of I-91.
  • Ludlow: The bridge repair of East Street/Red Bridge Road over the Chicopee River.
  • Montague: The roadway reconstruction of Hatchery Road from Greenfield Road to Turners Falls Road.
  • Royalston: The bridge replacement of the North Fitzwilliam Road Bridge over the Lawrence Brook.
  • South Hadley: The reconstruction of the signalized intersection of Granby Road (Route 202) at Lyman Street (Route 33) and Willimansett Street (Route 33).
  • Southampton: The Safe Routes to School improvement project to construct a sidewalk along State Highway Route 10 and adjacent streets.
  • Southwick: The traffic improvement projects at four separate intersections along Feeding Hills Road (Route 57).
  • Springfield: The project to replace the existing deck of the I-91 viaduct in Springfield and implement improvements.
  • Warren: The project to make drainage upgrades in Warren Center and improvements of the existing traffic patterns along Route 67 and Route 19 (Main and Maple Streets).
  • West Brookfield: The project to carry out pavement and sidewalk reconstruction, curb installation, and signage upgrade on Routes 9 and 67.
  • Westfield: The reconstruction of Route 187 (Little River) and Shaker Roads.
  • Wilbraham: The project to carry out excavation, paving, sidewalk and ramp construction, curb repairs, and signage updates along Route 20.
  • Winchendon: The project to carry out the replacement of the Harris Road Bridge over Tarbell Brook.

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