For Immediate Release - June 19, 2014

GOVERNOR PATRICK BREAKS GROUND ON RECONSTRUCTION OF BROADWAY IN LYNN

Route 129 Reconstruction Project Groundbreaking

Governor Patrick breaks ground on the Route 129 reconstruction project that will ease congestion and increase safety in the area near Flax Pond, Lynn. (Photo: Jun Tsuboike / Governor’s Office)

LYNN – Thursday, June 19, 2014 – Governor Deval Patrick today kicked off the reconstruction of a half-mile segment of Broadway/Route 129 in Lynn. The project will completely rebuild a key segment of Broadway between Wyoma Square and Flax Pond that connects regional traffic to Routes 1, 1A, and I-95/Route 128, and will increase safety and ease congestion in an area home to numerous small businesses and restaurants.

“Our transportation infrastructure is vital to continued economic growth and enhancing access to opportunities for businesses and residents alike,” said Governor Patrick. “Making investments like this that will relieve congestion will keep us moving forward in the right direction.”

In addition to reconstructing the roadway, the $5.5 million project will install new traffic signals equipped with modern technology to improve the traffic flow through the corridor. Other aspects of the project include reconstruction of sidewalks, new pedestrian crossings and improved drainage infrastructure. Completion of the project is scheduled for April 2016.

“I commend the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the state delegation, and local Lynn officials for breaking ground on this federally supported project,” said Congressman John Tierney. “This reconstruction effort, which was partial funded by federal money, will increase residents’ ability to travel in and out of Lynn and will provide positive economic development benefits throughout the city, particularly to those small businesses in Wyoma Square and on Boston Street. I look forward to working with the Mass DOT as this project continues.”

"It's clear that the existing technology is not managing traffic as effectively as it could," said MassDOT Highway Administrator Frank DePaola.  "Our goal is to rebuild this corridor so it meets the needs of today and that the area experiences a resurgence of economic activity." 

“I am pleased to see that shovels are in the ground for this much needed reconstruction and upgrade project on a stretch of road that is used by thousands of commuters every day,” said State Senator Thomas M. McGee. “I would like to thank Governor Patrick, officials at the Department of Transportation, as well as my colleagues in the Lynn delegation, for working together to provide state funding for projects such as this that continue to move our City and region forward. Transportation investment not only improves our ability to travel safely and efficiently, but it is crucial to growing our state’s economy.”

The reconstruction of Broadway/Route 129 in Lynn advances the Patrick Administration’s Gateway Cities Initiatives to make long-term investments in education, innovation and infrastructure and provide economic growth to cities and towns throughout the Commonwealth.

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