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Leominster: MassDOT District 3 Highway Director Jonathan Gulliver, Mechanic Street groundbreaking

Leominster: MassDOT District 3 Highway Director Jonathan Gulliver, Mechanic Street groundbreaking

MassDOT officials joined Leominster Mayor Dean Mazzarella today to celebrate groundbreaking for the reconstruction of Mechanic Street.

The project will reconstruct Mechanic Street from its intersection with Laurel Street and east to the Leominster Connector to make it safer for vehicle and pedestrian traffic and improve traffic flow.  The work includes roadway widening, a left turn lane onto Johnson Street, accessible sidewalks, and upgraded signs and pavement markings.

The estimated $4 million project includes full depth road construction expected to begin in June. Completion is scheduled for summer 2017.

“I would like to thank the City of Leominster for partnering with MassDOT to reconstruct this portion of Mechanic Street. When complete, the road improvements will not only improve traffic flow, but provide ADA-accessible sidewalks for pedestrians and a bike lane for cyclists. The Mechanic Street project is a great example of the positive impact transportation infrastructure upgrades can have on a community,” said MassDOT Highway Administrator Thomas J. Tinlin.

A 7.5 feet wide paved road shoulder will be included to accommodate bicycles along the south side of the corridor in front of St. Cecilia’s Church between Jerome Place and Walker Street.

“Mechanic Street is the primary gateway to our city that provides direct highway access to one of our most densely populated neighborhoods and our downtown. We are so grateful to MassDOT for providing the technical assistance and direct funding to the City for this project. From design to land takings to final construction, this project has been a true local/state partnership. We’re thrilled to get started,” said Mayor Dean Mazzarella.

“It is great to see that this long-awaited project is finally coming to fruition, one that will enhance the vehicular and pedestrian safety of one of the busiest streets in our city,” said State Representative Dennis A. Rosa.

“I am so excited for this project and what it means for the Mechanic Street area,” said State Senator Flanagan. “Leominster residents have been waiting a long time for this work to be done, and I believe the end result is really going to be worth it.”

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