For Immediate Release - December 14, 2009

GOVERNOR PATRICK, CONGRESSMAN TIERNEY WILL DIRECT $5.9 MILLION IN STIMULUS FUNDS TO ROAD IMPROVEMENTS IN LYNNFIELD & WAKEFIELD

Investments have potential to advance Meadow Walk at Lynnfield project

LYNNFIELD - Monday, December 14, 2009 - As part of the Patrick-Murray Administration's Massachusetts Recovery Plan, Governor Deval Patrick today joined Congressman John Tierney to announce that the state intends to use $5.9 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds for signal and intersection improvements in Lynnfield and Wakefield. The stimulus funds will support essential transportation and safety enhancements in the area surrounding the Meadow Walk project, a 203-acre redevelopment of the former Colonial Golf Club site in Lynnfield, and keeps with Governor Patrick's and Congressman Tierney's commitment to invest recovery dollars in projects that deliver immediate and long term economic benefits to communities across the Commonwealth.

"These funds will create new jobs, deliver essential transportation and public safety improvements and lay the groundwork for future private development in the region," said Governor Patrick. "Congressman Tierney deserves to be commended for bringing federal recovery dollars home to the Sixth Congressional District and for working in partnership with us to invest these funds in ways that will speed our recovery and build a better tomorrow."

"These federal ARRA funds will improve quality of life, reduce congestion and pave the way for sustainable long-term development by helping to jump-start this smart growth project," said Congressman Tierney.

The $5.9 million in ARRA funds, pending approval by the Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), will support signal and intersection improvements in the following key locations: Walnut Street at 1-95 Southbound Ramps and Colonial Golf Club Site Drive (Exit 43); Walnut Street at 1-95 Northbound Ramps; Walnut Street at Salem Street; Audubon Road at Colonial Golf Club Site Drive; and Audubon Road at I-95 Southbound Ramps (Exit 42). The project is at the 75% design stage, will be the subject of a MPO vote on Thursday, December 17, 2009, and is scheduled for advertisement in January 2010.

"We're pleased to see Recovery Act dollars support a project to improve public safety and stimulate economic development," said Marc Draisen, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council. "The traffic improvements will improve pedestrian and motorist safety, while encouraging housing and jobs at the Meadow Walk development, which has been rezoned and designed under the state's Smart Growth District Program."

"These significant and important funds will help in public safety and traffic control as the Meadow Walk project moves forward. I am proud to announce these funds with the Governor, Congressman and my colleagues in the state Legislature," said Representative Mark Falzone.

"I thank Governor Patrick and Congressman Tierney for the investment of ARRA funds in Wakefield and Lynnfield," said Representative Katherine Clark. "This project will not only create immediate jobs, but will add long term economic benefits to these towns and the region through increased affordable housing, improved transportation and pedestrian uses and broader tax revenues. This is great news and a great investment in our communities."

The Meadow Walk at Lynnfield project will redevelop the former Colonial Golf Club site and build much-needed affordable housing, creating jobs and providing new tax revenue for Lynnfield and Wakefield. The project's developers have indicated that the infrastructure improvements these ARRA dollars will support are necessary for the project to move forward.

This project illustrates the Patrick-Murray Administration's commitment to investing ARRA funds in road and bridge projects that create jobs for today and tomorrow in communities across Massachusetts. The Governor has expedited transportation stimulus spending by compressing construction schedules in order to fix broken roads and bridges quickly and spark long term economic development. At the Governor's direction, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation will obligate all ARRA highway funds by January 31, 2010, more than a month ahead of federal deadlines.

Infrastructure investments are critical components of Governor Patrick's Massachusetts Recovery Plan, which combines state, federal and, where possible, private efforts to provide immediate and long-term relief and position the Commonwealth for recovery in the following ways:

Deliver immediate relief by investing in the road, bridge and rail projects that put people to work today and providing safety net services that sustain people who are especially vulnerable during an economic crisis;

Build a better tomorrow through education and infrastructure investments that strengthen our economic competitiveness, prepare workers for the jobs of the future and support clean energy, broadband and technology projects that cut costs while growing the economy; and

Reform state government by eliminating the pension and ethics loopholes that discredit the work of government and revitalize the transportation networks that have suffered from decades of neglect and inaction.

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