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IMG_0127Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack today joined Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver, Senator Patrick O’Connor, Representative Joan Meschino, and Cohasset Town Manager Christopher Senior at a ribbon cutting event to celebrate the completion of the Atlantic Avenue over Little Harbor Inlet Bridge Replacement Project in Cohasset.

“This project exemplifies the Baker-Polito Administration’s continuous efforts to partner with state and local officials to strengthen our transportation system and ensure that people are able to get where they need to go safely and efficiently,” said Secretary Pollack. “The new bridge serves as a key connection within this beautiful scenic area and provides access for residents and visitors using various modes of transportation such as driving, cycling or walking.”

The bridge, which was originally built in 1890, had its superstructure last replaced in 1962. The single span bridge, locally known as the Cunningham Bridge, was then deemed structurally deficient and replaced with a widened structure. Construction on this bridge replacement project began in May 2017.

This construction project cost approximately $6.2 million and also included building wheelchair ramps for the new bridge, updating the bridge railing, aligning the curve of the roadway and installing a stone façade that fits in with the landscape surrounding the bridge. The project utilized federal and state funding.

“Infrastructure projects like this are critical to creating a safe and accessible community for all,” said Senator O’Connor. “The new Cunningham Bridge fits the needs of Cohasset and provides an improved aesthetic upgrade. I am very appreciative of the Baker-Polito Administration’s continued investment in the area.”

“We are grateful for the Department of Transportation’s willingness to work with the Town of Cohasset and commit the funding needed to renovate the Cunningham Bridge,” said Representative Meschino. “The state’s increased investment in local transportation infrastructure like this small bridge is critical to public safety, to connect neighborhoods to economic centers in the community, and for public enjoyment.”

“The partnership that MassDOT developed with Cohasset in both planning/design as well as constructing the new bridge was a great testament to how working together makes for better projects,” said Cohasset Town Manager Senior. “MassDOT staff and consultants listened to the questions and concerns of the public and local officials, and kept in close communication throughout the construction process.  The Town looks forward to future opportunities to work with the State as successfully on future public infrastructure projects.”

The Baker-Polito Administration is continuing to increase investments in transportation infrastructure. The Administration recently finalized its five-year $18.3 billion transportation Capital Investment Plan for Fiscal Years 2020-2024. This includes over $7 billion in funding for roadways, bridges, intersections, and multimodal pathways across the Commonwealth, as well as over $8 billion in funding for the MBTA.

Governor Baker also recently filed a transportation bond bill seeking $18 billion in additional capital authorization to invest in building and modernizing a transportation system that meets the needs of residents, businesses and cities and towns statewide. The authorization would be used to fund existing programs as well as several new initiatives designed to lessen impacts from roadway congestion and ensure reliable travel throughout the Commonwealth.

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