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For Immediate Release: 12/20/2011
CONTACT: MassDOT Press Office
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MassDOT Announces Grant Award for Communities in Berkshire County

Funds will cover Tropical Storm Irene repair work in Adams, Monterey, Mount Washington, New Marlboro, North Adams, Peru, Savoy, and Tyringham

BOSTON— Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey today announced communities in Berkshire County will benefit from a Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) grant awarded to MassDOT to cover emergency highway repairs in the wake of damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene.

“Communities in Berkshire, Bristol and Franklin counties worked diligently to return our roadways to safe conditions in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene,” said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray.  “Governor Patrick and I thank our federal partners for providing this emergency funding that will help impacted communities overcome challenges and move forward with critical cleanup and restoration.”

The $4.65 million FHWA grant award funds emergency repairs made to restore the flow of traffic as well as efforts to minimize damage and the repairs necessary to restore the roadway to its pre-disaster condition.

“Communities don’t bounce back from severe weather on the cheap or overnight and this investment is a big shot in the arm to get our roads fixed,” said U.S. Senator John Kerry.  

Massachusetts has been relentlessly pummeled by bad weather this year, taking a severe toll on the roadways that are essential for daily life and our economy,” said U.S. Senator Scott Brown. “I am very glad these funds were made available to communities that worked so diligently and quickly to get the damage repaired, keeping our roads safe.”

 “Many roadways in Western Massachusetts were damaged during Tropical Storm Irene,” said Secretary Davey. “This grant award from the Federal Highway Administration is allowing MassDOT to reimburse the Commonwealth’s most affected communities for their repair efforts.”

 “I appreciate greatly the efforts of the Patrick-Murray Administration to secure the necessary federal funds to restore our roadways across western Massachusetts,” said Senator Benjamin B. Downing.  “Communities throughout the region are still recovering from recent storms and these funds will go a long way to restoring our transportation infrastructure to pre-storm conditions.” 

The State of Emergency Declaration issued by Governor Deval Patrick, following the late August storm, and the efforts of the Massachusetts congressional delegation made Massachusetts eligible for the funding.

“The Irene natural disaster disrupted everyday life of travelers in the First Berkshire District," said Representative Gailanne Cariddi. "The award from this FHA grant program has assisted our municipalities to respond effectively in helping to rebuild our local roads, which has been critical for residents, businesses, every day travelers, and tourists during these challenging times.”

 “Here in Western Massachusetts we were hit especially hard by Tropical Storm Irene and you can still see the devastating effects today,” said Representative William Pignatelli. “This damage put an unexpectedly heavy financial burden on our towns that were faced with shouldering the cleanup costs. We are all extremely grateful for this financial assistance because it is vital to the town’s ability to act quickly to restore their roadways in time for the winter season.”

 “Small towns in Western Mass were disproportionately hit during Irene. I am glad that the response has been so quick because the communities in Berkshire and Franklin Counties surely need these funds,” said Representative Paul Mark.

In Berkshire County:

ADAMS

$120,000 for culvert repairs on East Road.

MONTEREY

$37,000 for repair work on Routes 57 and 23.

MOUNT WASHINGTON

$111,000 for retaining wall work, road repair and slope repair on Bish Bash Road.

NEW MARLBORO

$23,000 for road repair and slope repair on Route 57.

NORTH ADAMS

$75,000 for road repair and slope repair on West Shaft Road.

$40,000 for road repairs and drainage repairs on State Street.

PERU

$20,000 for waterway report on Rt. 143 East of August Road.

$20,000 for road repairs on Rt. 143 West of Lafayette.

SAVOY

$22,000 for road repair and slope repairs on Route 116.  

TYRINGHAM

$50,000 for road repair and slope repair on Main Road.

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