For Immediate Release - June 09, 2010

PATRICK-MURRAY ADMINISTRATION ADVANCES ROUTE 146 IMPROVEMENTS IN SUTTON

Project Design to Improve Busy Intersection, Alleviate Congestion in Sutton and Millbury

SUTTON - Wednesday, June 9, 2010 - In keeping with the Patrick-Murray Administration's historic commitment to investing in the Commonwealth's neglected infrastructure, Governor Deval Patrick today announced the Route 146 improvements in Sutton are moving forward with designs to be completed this year and construction beginning in 2011. The improvements include turning lanes and traffic signal upgrades and will address the heavily-congested Route 146-Boston Road intersection just south of the Sutton-Millbury Town line.

Route 146 is the major north/south link in the Blackstone Valley linking Worcester and Providence. Route 146 provides access to the Massachusetts Turnpike, Route 290, Route 9, and Route 20.

"We are working with local communities to make smart transportation investments that reduce congestion and promote economic development," said Governor Patrick. "MassDOT is designing road improvements that will benefit drivers on Route 146 and residents of Sutton and Millbury."

"Our administration is very excited about this construction season, which is creating immediate jobs and improving our infrastructure, including roads and bridges," said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray. "MassDOT is also moving forward with the design stage of Route 146, and we look forward to seeing this project and so many infrastructure improvement projects reach fruition."

"This is a perfect example of Governor Patrick's commitment to improvements making a real difference for people- fixing the traffic congestion at the Route 146 and Boston Road intersection will help Worcester-Providence area commuters and address cut-through traffic issues on side streets in Millbury and Sutton," said MassDOT Secretary & CEO Jeff Mullan.

The estimated $6 million Sutton Route 146 construction project at Boston Road is in addition to the $7.7 million resurfacing project currently underway on Route 146.

"I am pleased to see this project move forward. This interchange is key to residents and commuters in and around Millbury, who make frequent use of Route 146 to head both north and south. Improving traffic flow on this roadway will be a benefit not only to those residents, but also to the many businesses located along and near the highway," said Senator Michael Moore.

"Building on previous and ongoing improvements along Route 146 in the Sutton area, this new design proposal for the Boston Road intersection will enhance not only the flow of traffic along the roadway, but the safety and well being of motorists in the area. As a daily commuter that consistently witnesses traffic disruption in this area, I applaud the Governor for advancing this project and am happy to have played a role in securing this important upgrade in public infrastructure," said Senator Richard T. Moore.

"As a lifelong Suttonian, I am absolutely thrilled the Patrick-Murray Administration has listened to our calls for assistance and has made the commitment to fund these long awaited major improvements. Many previous Governors have visited this intersection, but none have been able to deliver the funding to move the project forward. On behalf of all residents across the Blackstone Valley who may travel this road, we are extremely grateful to hear of this tremendously positive news," said Representative Jennifer Callahan.

"The Governor's announcement of the funding for the improvements to the intersection at Boston Rd and Route 146 is great news for the State of Massachusetts and The Town of Sutton. Route 146 serves as the economic development corridor for the Blackstone Valley as well as the Town of Sutton and these improvements will stimulate the development of two previously approved project sites adjacent to the intersection as well as greatly improve traffic flow and safety. This project, on top of the $1.1 million dollar state MORE funds committed to assist the $16 million Atlas Box project and the $7.7 million in roadway resurfacing on Route 146 represents a tremendous commitment to the economic future of the Blackstone Valley," said Jim Smith, Town Administrator for the Town of Sutton.

More than 385 road and bridge projects are ongoing across the Commonwealth this summer. The Patrick-Murray Administration's investment in roads and bridges totals more than $1 billion and will support more than 10,000 jobs. The road and bridge projects are a part of the more than $4 billion infrastructure investments being made through the Administration's Massachusetts Works initiative that will put nearly 20,000 people to work across the Commonwealth this construction season.

Massachusetts doubled its investment in road and bridge construction in just three years, to more than $1 billion. As a result of these investments, particularly the Accelerated Bridge Program, the number of structurally deficient bridges in the Commonwealth has dropped nearly 10% in two years. At the same time, MassDOT reduced the time from construction contract advertisement to construction start by more than 43 percent - a decrease from 218 days in 2008 to 124 days in 2009. For American Recovery and Reinvestment Act projects, the timeline from construction contract advertisement to notice to proceed was reduced to 48 days, allowing MassDOT to put people to work on construction projects faster than ever before.

To learn more about Massachusetts Works, visit www.mass.gov/governor/massworks. For additional information on how the Patrick-Murray Administration's agenda has led Massachusetts out of a global recession sooner and stronger than the rest of the nation, visit www.mass.gov/governor/agenda.

MassDOT is the new, unified transportation organization created in 2009 under the historic reform legislation passed by the Legislature and signed into law by Governor Patrick. MassDOT's four divisions are focused on delivering safe and efficient transportation services across the Commonwealth.

For transportation news and updates visit the MassDOT website at www.mass.gov/massdot, the MassDOT blog at www.mass.gov/blog/transportation or follow MassDOT on twitter at www.twitter.com/massdot.

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