For Immediate Release - September 20, 2010


Corridor also includes significant road and park infrastructure enhancements

AUBURN - Monday, September 20, 2010 - Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray joined the Friends of the Veterans' Memorial Corridor along with veterans, military groups, and state and local officials to dedicate the Veterans Memorial Corridor in the town of Auburn on Saturday.

The dedication ceremony follows the completion of a $9.1 million reconstruction project, led by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), of the Corridor along Route 12 on Southbridge Street. As part of the ceremony, Lieutenant Governor Murray and the Friends of the Veterans' Memorial Corridor participated in a parade with the community to recognize the completion of the project and also honor Massachusetts military servicemen and women.

"This dedication ceremony is a celebration of improved roads and infrastructure for this community and also a chance to honor the Commonwealth's brave veterans who have proudly served and protected our country," said Governor Deval Patrick.

"As our Administration continues to invest in cities and towns across the state, enhancements to this corridor provide the opportunity to remember those who have sacrificed their lives to protect our Commonwealth and country," said Lieutenant Governor Murray, who chairs the Governor's Advisory Council on Veterans Services. "I am pleased to join Friends of the Veterans' Memorial Corridor to dedicate the Veterans' Memorial Corridor in honor of military servicemen and women."

As part of the funding for this reconstruction project, Congressman James McGovern worked with Congressman Richard Neal and Senators Ted Kennedy and John Kerry to secure $1.25 million for the project in 2004.

"I was proud to help secure federal funding for this important project," said Congressman James McGovern. "This Corridor will serve as a lasting reminder of those who have served our country so valiantly in uniform. It is also a real tribute to those in Auburn who worked so hard on this project."

"We would like to thank all of the residents, businesses, and veterans in the community for making donations and supporting this dedication," said Wayne Paige, Chairman of the Friends of the Veterans' Memorial. "Without their support and the work of the Patrick-Murray Administration and our congressional delegation for the Corridor, we would not have the opportunity to honor our veterans with this memorial."

"With this memorial, we are honoring the long, proud history of Massachusetts service members," said Secretary of Veterans' Services Tom Kelley. "I applaud the Friends of the Veterans' Memorial Corridor for their commitment, not only to this project, but to the Veterans of the Commonwealth."

"The Governor and Lieutenant Governor have proven their commitment to rebuilding our transportation infrastructure in a strategic way that benefits communities and create jobs," said Massachusetts Department of Transportation Secretary Jeffrey Mullan. "In this case, that investment also helps honors the legacy of the brave men and women serving their country on our behalf."

The $9.1 million MassDOT reconstruction project of the Corridor included the widening of Southbridge Street by 1.6 miles from two to four lanes and upgrading sidewalks and traffic signals. The Corridor enhancements also include four landscaped area parks with benches, pavers, lighting, irrigation and a gazebo. A portion of the enhancements was funded through a $1 million MassDOT Public Works Economic Development (PWED) grant, along with a $250,000 federal grant through the National Corridors and Borders Program.

"This corridor is an excellent monument to our veterans, who have given so much for our freedom. It is because of their courage and their dedication that we are able to enjoy the benefits of being an American today. I am proud of the many Auburn residents who worked so hard to make this vision a reality," said Senator Michael O. Moore.


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