GOVERNOR PATRICK HAILS QUINCY HIGHWAY PLANS AS CRUCIAL TO KEEPING AND GROWING JOBS
Burgin Parkway redesign long overdue to ease congestion
QUINCY - Tuesday, March 27, 2007 - Governor Deval Patrick today hailed plans to redesign a stretch of Burgin Parkway and its connections to Route 3 as crucial infrastructure upgrades that will not only ease traffic congestion in the area but are expected to save jobs while sowing the seeds to attract more.
"The best way to get private companies to invest in Massachusetts and our workforce is to invest here ourselves," Governor Patrick said. "The Burgin Parkway funding is not simply a road improvement. By making this upgrade, we lay the foundation for our private partners to retain the jobs that are here now and position them to attract potentially thousands more."
Burgin Parkwayis one of the main access points to the City of Quincy. Due to traffic congestion in the area, local businesses partnered with the city to fund the redesign in an effort to create a safer roadway system six years ago but the project was not funded until now. The new series of highway ramps and intersections is meant to maintain access to Route 3 while minimizing delays in reaching downtown Quincy, public transportation and the Crown Colony industrial park area. Local residents hope the plans will stop motorists from cutting through their neighborhoods to avoid the current traffic jams.
The estimated $18 million project - to be funded with state and federal dollars - is one of several immediate infrastructure improvements included in the state's recently approved $1.47 billion capital bond authorization. The state's share of the funding for the Quincy project is $3.5 million, but is expected to attract $55 million in private investment to the immediate area. The more than 300 projects currently in the development pipeline have the potential to create close to 30,000 jobs but 20 percent of the projects rely on some sort of infrastructure investment.
"Less than two weeks ago, I submitted to the Legislature a bill authorizing $1.47 billion in immediate-needs bonds to fund projects throughout the Commonwealth. That bill received the swift approval of our Legislature and today we are seeing the results," Governor Patrick said.
The Burgin Parkway project includes:
- the building of a new bridge to elevate the outbound Burgin Parkway traffic over the Centre Street intersection;
- the construction of a new outbound ramp from the intersection of Congress Street and Crown Colony Drive to the existing northbound ramp to Route 3;
- the reconstruction of the intersections at Burgin Parkway/ Centre Street and Crown Colony Drive/Congress Street;
- and the construction of an exclusive right turn from Centre Street onto the existing outbound ramps.