For Immediate Release - March 29, 2010

GOVERNOR PATRICK, CONGRESSMAN NEAL ANNOUNCE DESIGN FUNDING FOR MILFORD ROUTE 16 PROJECT

MassDOT to Fund Final Design for Intersection Improvements

MILFORD - Monday, March 29, 2010 - As part of the Patrick-Murray Administration's Massachusetts Recovery Plan to secure the state's economic future, Governor Deval Patrick today joined Congressman Richard Neal and local elected officials to announce that the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will fund the final design of the Milford Route 16 intersection improvement project.

"The final design of this critical transportation improvement for Milford will take us one step closer to construction and will ensure the end result is a safe and accessible roadway for drivers and pedestrians alike," said Governor Patrick.

"As we continue to invest in our infrastructure across the Commonwealth, completing the final design of the Route 16 project is a critical component of moving this project forward as we support safer and improved roads in this community," said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray.

The proposed project would begin at the intersection of Route 16, Medway Street (Route 85) and Middleton Street, continuing to the intersection of Route 16, South Main Street, Congress Street and Water Street. The project will include roadway resurfacing, concrete sidewalks, wheelchair ramps, road signs and pavement markings within the project limits. Seven traffic signals will also be retimed, interconnected and coordinated.

"Improving the Route 16 intersection has been one of my top priorities for some time. On many occasions, the people of Milford have told me how important this project is to their community. Not only will it improve public safety, it will put people to work in the process. I am pleased to join Governor Patrick in Milford today to make this final design announcement," said Congressman Richard E. Neal.

As a result of this additional funding, the MassDOT Highway Division expects to complete the design process by the end of 2010. This design will cost approximately $378,000.

"After some delay and interruption in the process, I am happy to see that the Route 16 project will be moving forward into the next phase. Traffic and safety concerns along this stretch of road have remained a top priority, and I applaud local officials in resuming the developments of this initiative. There is no doubt that upon its final completion, the Route 16 improvements will benefit members of the surrounding communities and the general traveling population in South Central Massachusetts," said Senator Richard T. Moore.

I am grateful that Governor Patrick and Congressman Neal recognize the importance of moving this Route 16 reconstruction project forward and have taken such positive and decisive action to make it happen. The smooth flow of traffic through the Milford portion of the Route 16 corridor is vital to the entire region, not just the Town of Milford," said Representative John V. Fernandes. "The announcement of this planning grant is so crucial to the completion of the work and is a true example of a federal, state, and local partnership that will ultimately create jobs as well as solve traffic problems. The members of the Board of Selectmen, Administrator Celozzi, Town Planner Duncan and Town Engineer Santora have been forceful in their advocacy for this project, and their effort made this a clear priority of mine in lobbying for state and federal funding."

"We are putting people to work making our roads and bridges safer and more accessible for all who use them," said Transportation Secretary and CEO Jeffrey Mullan. "We are pleased to be able to advance these necessary improvements to the next stage of development."

"Our MassDOT team is focused on improving access for both drivers and pedestrians," said MassDOT Highway Administrator Luisa Paiewonsky. "Our goal is to complete this project's design so we can move it into construction as soon as funding becomes available."

Though the proposed project, currently estimated at $3.5 million, does not appear on the current FY 2010-13 funding document called the TIP, regional planning officials are beginning to develop the FY 2011-14 TIP. As part of that development, a Municipal TIP Day is scheduled in early May 2010. The Town of Milford is on the agenda to present the project and seek TIP programming at that time.

For transportation news and updates, visit the MassDOT blog at www.mass.gov/blog/transportation.

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