GOVERNOR PATRICK HIGHLIGHTS COMPLETION OF ROADWAY CONSTRUCTION AT THE FORMER RUTLAND STATE HOSPITAL
Builds on Administration's Unprecedented Infrastructure Investments
Governor Patrick tours an infrastructure investment with Senator Brewer. (Photo credit: Matt Bennett/Governor's Office)
RUTLAND -- Tuesday, May 31, 2011 -- Governor Deval Patrick today joined state and local officials at the official ribbon cutting celebrating completion of the Rutland Hospital roadway project. The $1.2 million dollar project is providing major road, traffic, signage, and sidewalk improvements in the area of the former hospital site.
"No matter how large or small, infrastructure projects like this one in Rutland build on our efforts to invest in local communities all across the Commonwealth," said Governor Patrick. "Our Administration is focused on supporting economic development projects that provide long-term benefits for generations to come."
Governor Patrick was joined by Senator Stephen Brewer, Secretary of Administration and Finance Jay Gonzalez and Division of Capital Asset Management (DCAM) Commissioner Carole Cornelison, along with other officials at ribbon cutting. The project, which was initiated in 2010, incorporates critical water and sewer lines, and conduit for electrical and telecommunications equipment in support of future redevelopment.
Earlier this month the Patrick-Murray Administration kicked off the 2011 construction season, announcing $931 million in road and bridge projects in communities across the Commonwealth. These projects will create thousands of jobs and continue the Administration's efforts in building a strong, sustainable infrastructure throughout Massachusetts.
"These capital investments help create jobs and improve the safety of our roads and bridges," said Secretary Gonzalez. "Ultimately this project is about making an investment in our Commonwealth that will benefit our residents and rebuild our transportation infrastructure."
This year's funding builds on previous record annual investments and is nearly double the amount spent on infrastructure projects in 2007. The FY 2011 construction program includes approximately 450 projects, including 300 active construction projects and 150 maintenance projects.
"DCAM is pleased to have played a part in a project that is significant to the Town of Rutland and to the region, said DCAM Commissioner Carole Cornelison. "The construction of this road and infrastructure will help to support the redevelopment of the former Rutland hospital campus, demonstrating the Patrick-Murray Administration's commitment to leveraging state investment in our communities to stimulate economic development."
"I applaud the Town of Rutland for working with the state on this project," said Senator Brewer. "The infrastructure improvements made at this site will open the door for future economic growth in the town and will have lasting benefits for its residents and Central Massachusetts."
"I am naturally very pleased with the results as the project continues to move forward. I certainty want to thank the Governor, Lt. Governor, and everyone who worked hard for the people of Rutland. I appreciate all their efforts," said Representative Kimberly Ferguson.
This year's $931 million construction program includes $550 million from the Statewide Road and Bridge Program, $208 million from the Administration's historic Accelerated Bridge Program, and $173 million in federal American Recovery and Reinvestment funds. In calendar year 2010 alone these projects created or sustained an estimated 20,000 jobs.
The Accelerated Bridge Program (ABP) is an unprecedented 8-year, $3 billion investment in the Commonwealth's bridges, which will dramatically reduce the number of structurally deficient bridges in Massachusetts. Already, the program has reduced the number of structurally deficient bridges from 543 to 458, a drop of more than 15 percent. Forty-two ABP projects have been completed, 69 are currently in progress, and 28 are scheduled to begin this year.
Among the other projects under construction in 2011:
• The $57.5 million Great River Bridge project in Westfield, with a new bridge over the Westfield River and reconstruction of the existing historic bridge.
• The $36.8 million innovative "Design-Build" I-495 Bridge Bundle project in Lowell and Tewksbury.
• The Charles River Basin bridge projects, including the Craigie Drawbridge and rehabilitation of the historic Longfellow Bridge.
• The $35 million Neponset River Bridge Phase II project in Quincy.
• The $28.1 million reconstruction of the Hadley Overpass carrying Route 8 over the Hoosic River in North Adams.
• The "93 Fast 14" project to replace 14 bridge structures along I-93 in Medford, with all major work during weekends only in summer 2011.