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Watertown Trapelo Rd Ribboncutting, September 28, 2016Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack, Highway Administrator Thomas J. Tinlin, State Senator Will Brownsberger and state and local officials today announced the completion of the Trapelo Road Reconstruction project.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held today in Belmont to celebrate the project’s conclusion.

“The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is committed to improving local infrastructure and ensuring our communities have the tools and resources to keep moving forward,” said Transportation Secretary & CEO Stephanie Pollack. “I am proud of this collaboration between state and local officials, and thankful for the hard work of all those who helped complete this critical project.”

“This is a significant development for the local communities and a big step towards safe and smooth travel,” said Highway Administrator Thomas J. Tinlin. “I would like to thank everyone who played a role in this reconstruction project and ensured it was a success.”

In collaboration with state and local officials, MassDOT rehabilitated the section of Trapelo Road from Waverly Oaks Road to Belmont Street and the section of Belmont Street from Trapelo Road to Brimmer Street. The $17.1 million project addressed existing traffic signal and geometric deficiencies by improving the capacity, reliability, safety and mobility for pedestrians, cyclists, public transportation vehicles and motor vehicles.

“I’m very grateful to the hundreds of people who came together over the past 15 years to make this project happen,” said State Senator Will Brownsberger. “It’s easy to forget how bad it was before. It is a huge step forward. As the project comes formally to an end, we need to remain committed to continually monitoring and improving the traffic patterns on the road.”

“The Town of Belmont is pleased to see the completion of this very important project,” said Belmont Board of Selectmen Chairman Mark Paolillo. “The improvements represent the culmination of several years of discussion and participation from many stakeholders along the Trapelo Road / Belmont Street corridor. The finished project will enhance the experience of all users along this regionally significant roadway.”

The project included significant roadway and traffic signal reconstruction along the corridor. The project featured new sidewalks, marked bicycle lanes and significant landscaping items. The work also included the replacement of the catenary poles associated with the MBTA public transportation system along the corridor.

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