For Immediate Release - March 31, 2011

PATRICK-MURRAY ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES EAST BROOKFIELD BRIDGE AND DAM RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT

State/Local Partnership Rebuilds Busy Route 9 Bridge over Lake Lashaway

EAST BROOKFIELD - Thursday, March 31, 2011- Lieutenant Governor Murray today joined state and local leaders in East Brookfield to highlight the repair of the structurally-deficient Route 9 Bridge over Lake Lashaway and reconstruction of the deteriorated Town-owned dam spillway located at the bridge site.

"This is an excellent example of collaboration between the state and Town, working together to address a deteriorated dam spillway and deficient bridge," said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray. "We are putting people to work and rebuilding critical infrastructure in projects large and small across the Commonwealth."

The $365,000 bridge and dam project began in 2010 as a partnership between the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and Town of East Brookfield. The Lake Lashaway water level was lowered in fall 2010 to allow for structural repair of the Route 9 Bridge and reconstruction of the concrete dam spillway below. The work will continue in 2011 with paving of the bridge road surface and repairs to sidewalks and guard rails. Completion is expected in summer 2011.

"I am excited to see this project moving forward. I applaud the Commonwealth for working with the Town of East Brookfield to improve the roadways in the community. This project will make for safer and easier travel along Route 9 and the dam repair will help preserve the scenic qualities of the town," said Senator Stephen Brewer.

"I am thrilled to see the Lake Lashaway Dam project nearing completion. I have worked diligently with the Town of East Brookfield and the Lake Lashaway Association to find a resolution and I believe that finishing this project will mollify everyone's concerns and preserve this beautiful resource. This project is a great example of State and Municipal government working together to find common ground," said Representative Geraldo Alicea.

"The Town of East Brookfield is very fortunate to have had the opportunity to partner with the State on this critical project. We appreciate the efforts of Representative Geraldo Alicea, Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray, and MassDOT in providing technical and financial assistance to the Town, especially at a time when funds are in such short supply," said Leo E. Fayard, Chairman of the East Brookfield Board of Selectman.

This project continues the Patrick-Murray Administration's record level of investment in the Commonwealth's transportation infrastructure. In fiscal year 2010, nearly 400 road and bridge projects totaling an unprecedented $965 million put thousands of people to work in every corner of the Commonwealth, funded by the Statewide Road and Bridge Program, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and the Administration's Accelerated Bridge Program. In fiscal year 2011, another record $1.2 billion will fund state road and bridge projects, more than double the investment in fiscal year 2007.

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