Completed Projects through September 30, 2013
Over the past quarter most of the recovery projects have been completed. As of September 30, 2013, 388 of 400 awards have over 541 projects and programs that have been fully completed. The following are some highlights from Recovery Act projects that were completed between July 1 and September 30, 2013. For more information on individual projects and programs, and to see stories from the past four years of economic recovery in Massachusetts, please visit www.mass.gov/recovery
- The Massachusetts Department Transportation received over $32 million for the Fall River- Freetown- Interchange construction on Route 24. This project has shown that the recovery can exceed expectations. The100 foot wide 2 span bridge was completed in only 2 years, over a year ahead of schedule. It has helped by easing the burden of highway travel for residents and commuters, as well as increased accessibility of commercial developments. UMass Dartmouth has begun developing a Biotechnology park near the new interchange, which is estimated to create 8,000 new jobs upon opening. All in all it is a significant boon the Bristol County’s economy.
- The Massachusetts Department Transportation also received over $5.7 million to Lynnfield- Wakefield- Signal & Intersection Improvements. This project was designed to realign and install new traffic signals on several streets in the Lynnfield/Wakefield area in several locations. Many skilled and unskilled construction jobs were created as a result. The DOT project will have a positive effect on the new development of a new affordable housing project at the former site of the Colonial Golf Club. These new traffic signals will provide needed infrastructure for this development.
- Thanks to the land mark passing of the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) in 2009 by the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), Somerville was able to receive over $20 million in ARRA funding. The most significant and ambitious transportation project in Somerville, The Assembly Square Access Improvement grant recently was completed. Before this project Assembly square had no direct access to either I-93 or Route 28. It allocated over $14.3 million to improve vehicular access and public safety in the surrounding area. It is being called the “spine” of the much larger Assembly Square renewal project which includes a new Orange Line T stop and smart growth projects such as Assembly Row. The Assembly project will include 800,000 square feet of retail space, about 1.75 million square feet of offices, and more than 2,000 apartments. Some of the major additions include new commercial developments. There are also plans to build a Lego Discovery Center, which promises to be a core attraction for children as well as a source of revenue for Somerville.