For Immediate Release - January 21, 2010

Patrick-Murray Administration Approves Transportation Safety Improvement Projects in Mattapan, Milton

Traffic, Pedestrian Safety to be Enhanced

BOSTON - Thursday, January 21 - As part of his Massachusetts Recovery Plan, Governor Deval Patrick today announced that funding has been approved for critical roadway intersection and sidewalk improvement projects in Mattapan and Milton.

The $750,000 Mattapan project will include reconstruction of the intersection of Morton Street and Gallivan Boulevard, including realignment of the multiple road intersection and traffic signal improvements. The $210,000 Milton project will redesign and enhance a key pedestrian walkway along Eliot Street, including new sidewalks and street curbing.

"This investment in our infrastructure makes our roads and streets safer for pedestrian access, and is critical to the long term vitality of our communities," said Governor Patrick.

"Pedestrian safety has been a hot topic at neighborhood meetings, I'm hopeful that these changes will have the desired impact that Dorchester and Milton residents deserve," Representative Linda Dorcena Forry said. "Both the pedestrian calming measures on Eliot Street in Milton and the redesign of the Morton Street and Gallivan Boulevard intersection in Dorchester will improve the safety of our neighborhoods. I'm pleased that Governor Patrick identified and allocated funds for these projects."

"I am very pleased that this intersection will be reconstructed as it is difficult for drivers to navigate," said Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino. "A new design will permit traffic to flow more smoothly and will provide for improved safety conditions in this very busy area."

"I am pleased that the $750,000 allocated in the 2008 Transportation Bond Bill was recently released to make much needed improvements at the Gallivan Boulevard and Morton Street intersection," said Senator Jack Hart. "This intersection has plagued my constituency for many years. I will continue to work to secure money for improvements such as these in fiscal year 2011."

"MassDOT is committed to moving forward with projects in communities across the Commonwealth that make a noticeable, positive difference for people who use their local streets and sidewalks each day," said Jeffrey Mullan, MassDOT Secretary & CEO.

MassDOT's Highway Division will work with the Mattapan and Milton communities in 2010 on design and construction of these transportation safety projects.

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