For Immediate Release - October 25, 2010

GOVERNOR PATRICK ANNOUNCES DESIGN FUNDS FOR ROUTE 44 ROTARY PROJECT

Pursuit of short-term modifications to improve a location plagued by traffic congestion pledged

MIDDLEBOROUGH - Monday, October 25, 2010 - Governor Deval Patrick today joined Congressman Barney Frank and local leaders in Middleborough to announce $2 million in design engineering and environmental review funds for the Rotary Replacement Project near the interchange of Route 44 and Interstate 495. The Governor also pledged that the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), working with local officials, will explore short-term and longer-term options to ease traffic congestion at the rotary.

"I am pleased to join Congressman Frank in showing our commitment to restarting the review process for a project that was put on hold in 2003," said Governor Patrick." This investment will create jobs and stimulate economic growth in the area."

"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 Middleborough will support the beginning stages of a project that will lead to long-term traffic improvements for residents and businesses in the town and surrounding communities."

"I am proud to join Governor Patrick to announce this significant step towards relieving congestion at the rotary," said Congressman Frank. "The people of Middleborough need the rotary to be improved, and I will make this project one of my top priorities in the upcoming Federal Transportation bill."

Because of ongoing traffic congestion, addressing the future of the rotary is a priority of local planning and economic development officials. The funds will support necessary updates in engineering and environmental plans first drawn up nearly 10 years ago, including required adjustments due to changes in environmental regulation. While the engineering and environmental review proceeds, MassDOT will work with local stakeholders to discuss short-term options for reducing congestion at this location.

"I am so pleased we have an Administration in that listens to our region and is willing to make an investment like this, which will benefit Middleborough and the surrounding towns significantly. This $2 million investment will help make major transportation improvements to the rotary, as well as spur economic development and create jobs today and into the future. Back in June I held a series of community forums and the redesign of the Middleborough rotary was a major topic mentioned. I'm proud of the efforts by Congressman Barney Frank and the Patrick-Murray Administration in making this crucial project a reality," said Senator Marc R. Pacheco.

"This is an important first step towards the creation of new jobs and business opportunities for not only Middleborough, but for the surrounding communities as well," said Representative Thomas J. Calter.

"Traffic backups are always going to be an issue with any road improvement project. Installation of the new signalization and further improvements to the rotary is an indication that this project is moving forward," said Representative William M. Straus.

Road and bridge projects are a part of the more than $4 billion infrastructure investments being made as part of the Administration's Massachusetts Works initiative putting nearly 20,000 people to work across the Commonwealth this construction season.

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.

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