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massdot_highway_logoThe MassDOT Board of Directors has approved the awarding of a contract for approximately $34.4 million for work to reconstruct and improve a section of the Middlesex Turnpike in Bedford and Billerica. Under the project, approximately 1.6 miles of the roadway will be expanded from two lanes to four with new accommodations for pedestrians and bicyclists.

This project represents the third phase of MassDOT’s ongoing efforts to improve the Middlesex Turnpike by relieving traffic congestion, improving intersection and roadside safety, enhancing features to accommodate bicycles and pedestrians, and improving drainage and stormwater systems.

“We have appreciated the input and support from the public and local leaders and look forward to beginning work operations to improve this important roadway,” said MassDOT Acting Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “This is a very busy corridor and it has been an important process to involve many stakeholders in order to make improvements that take into account all members of the traveling public, whether they are in vehicles, on bicycles or walking.”

MassDOT crews and contractors will also add new turning lanes for motor vehicles to increase capacity, install new traffic signals and add sidewalks and other features.

This project will help mitigate flood impacts from the Shawsheen River by raising the roadway profile at the river and providing new precast concrete culverts. Ponding of water on the roadway will also be reduced by a new drainage system that complies with Stormwater Management Standards. These improvements help minimize damage to wetlands and give added protection to wildlife.

Construction operations and work-related activities are expected to begin this summer and due to the large number of utility-related issues and other factors the project is scheduled to be completed in approximately five years. One lane of traffic in each direction, which is existing condition, will be maintained throughout the project and construction operations will be conducted in ways that seek to minimize the impact on the traveling public. MassDOT encourages drivers to utilize the appropriate travel resources and make informed decisions regarding travel plans.

Previous work in the Middlesex Turnpike corridor has included a $3.8 million improvement project on Crosby Drive completed in 2007 (Phase I) and an $11.7 million improvement and extension project on the Middlesex Turnpike completed in 2016 (Phase II).

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