For Immediate Release - October 20, 2010

PATRICK-MURRAY ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES MASSWORKS INFRASTRUCTURE GRANTS FOR RANDOLPH PROJECT

Project will improve roadway safety, expand economic development opportunities in town

RANDOLPH - Wednesday, October 20, 2010 - Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray today joined state and local officials for the groundbreaking ceremony for Phase One of infrastructure improvements to the Town of Randolph's Crawford Square District, and awarded the Town of Randolph a $1 million MassWorks Infrastructure Program grant to complete Phase Two of the project.

In 2007, the Patrick-Murray Administration awarded the Town of Randolph a $1.365 million grant for Phase One of the Crawford Square District improvement project. Today's groundbreaking kicks off construction that will help the town make roadway, traffic, and streetscape improvements in the District, the primary commercial and civic center for the town. Two bus routes also pass through this district, located less than one mile from the Holbrook/Randolph Commuter Rail Station. The work will reconstruct the business district area from Stetson Hall to Warren Street (Route 139), including roadway improvements, sidewalk construction for enhanced pedestrian walkways and crossings, and streetscape improvements such as trees, benches, trash receptacles, planters, decorative lighting and landscape enhancements.

Lt. Governor Murray also announced a $1 million MassWorks grant today that will fund Phase Two of the Crawford Business District project. When completed, the project will improve the function, safety and appearance of the area, boosting the economic vitality and commercial success of the downtown.

"We are focused on managing state funds efficiently, and the consolidation of these infrastructure grants in a "one-stop shop' approach makes timely investments in communities, and puts people to work improving our economy," said Governor Deval Patrick.

"MassWorks grants have added thousands of jobs and supported business growth throughout the Commonwealth by providing public infrastructure grants for such improvements as sewers, roadways, pedestrian walkways, and water treatment systems," said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray. "This investment in Randolph will support roadway and traffic improvements that will enhance economic development in the town's commercial district."

The Patrick-Murray Administration this year launched the MassWorks Infrastructure Program as a one-stop shop for municipalities seeking public infrastructure funding. The program consolidates six existing infrastructure programs, each aimed at supporting job creation and economic development, to provide increased efficiency, service, and communication when cities and towns apply for infrastructure grants and resources. This approach has reduced duplication, improved accountability, and provided for the most effective management of state resources.

"The MassWorks Infrastructure Program allows us to put people to work immediately while fostering long-term growth for the Commonwealth," said Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Gregory Bialecki. "Through investments like this grant to Brookfield, Governor Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Murray are creating the conditions for business growth and community advancement for years to come."

"These MassWorks grants for roadways, transit, and business district improvements are an important part of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor's commitment to investing in transportation infrastructure as a key strategy in boosting the local economy in communities across the Commonwealth," said MassDOT Transportation Secretary and CEO Jeffrey Mullan.

"I am incredibly pleased that the Crawford Square Revitalization project will be funded through completion. This state investment is critical to the continued revitalization of Randolph, and will leverage further investment by local small business and shopkeepers," said Senator Brian A. Joyce.

"It is a great day when the Commonwealth of Massachusetts works so generously with the hardworking citizens of Randolph to provide our community with the very best in the way of aesthetic improvements," said Representative Walter Timilty.

The MassWorks Infrastructure Program consolidates six grant programs: Public Works Economic Development Grant (PWED), Community Development Action Grant (CDAG), Growth District Initiative (GDI) Grant, Massachusetts Opportunity Relocation and Expansion Program (MORE), Small Town Rural Assistance Program (STRAP) and the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Grant Program.

Learn more about the newly created MassWorks Infrastructure Program, a one-stop shop for municipalities seeking public infrastructure funding to support job growth and long term, sustainable economic development at www.mass.gov/eohed/infrastructure.

Learn more about how the Patrick-Murray Administration's agenda has led Massachusetts out of a global recession faster and stronger than the rest of the nation here.

 

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