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For Immediate Release: 01/19/2012
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MassDOT Announces Reimbursement for Western Mass Communities for Storm Roadway Repairs

BOSTON -- Thursday, January 19, 2012 -- Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey today announced that President Obama's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has provided two funding awards to aid in the repair of roadways damaged by the tornadoes that hit the central and western parts of Massachusetts on June 1, 2011, and Tropical Storm Irene on August 26, 2011.

The first award of approximately $4 million provides reimbursement to local communities for tornado damage repair. A second grant of nearly $41 million covers Tropical Storm Irene repairs, with a large portion of the funds paying for Route 2 repairs. Communities receiving reimbursement for repairs include Adams, Ashfield, Charlemont, Goshen, and Hawley. 

“The summer's tornadoes and Hurricane Irene packed a double wallop, and it still shows in the damage to our roads, bridges, and infrastructure. You don't bounce back from that kind of severe weather on the cheap,” said U.S. Senator Kerry. “This money will double down on the ongoing rebuilding efforts and get roads fixed, traffic moving, and people back to work.”

“I’m thankful that our local communities will be reimbursed for the many roadway repairs made as a result of the tornadoes and Hurricane Irene,” said U.S. Senator Scott Brown. “This federal assistance will ease the budgetary burdens that many towns and cities are still struggling with today."

“These federal dollars are important because they reimburse our communities for the unexpected costs they incurred in the wake of a natural disaster,” said Congressman John Olver. “Communities can now put these dollars to use on the local projects they were originally intended for.”

“We are pleased to reimburse communities for the cost of making these necessary repairs and thank the Obama Administration and members of our Congressional delegation for their support and recognition of the great need in these emergency circumstances,” said Secretary Davey. 

Communities will use the federal funds for the following projects:

·         Adams- $15,000 for East Hoosac Street for road and slope repairs. MassDOT previously announced an award of $120,000 for culvert repair along East Road.

·         Ashfield- $15,000 for Williamsburg Road for road and slope repairs, $8000 for Pleasant Street for culvert and road repairs, $6000 for Route 116 for road and slope repairs.

·         Charlemont- $441,000 for South River Road for road and slope repairs. MassDOT previously announced the reimbursement of $75,000 for South River Road. $24,000 for North River Road for road and slope repairs.

·         Goshen- $11,000 for West Road for road and shoulder repairs.

·         Hawley- $7,100 for Route 8A for road repairs.

“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 federal funding will be used to reimburse MassDOT for the storm related repairs. Municipalities are eligible for reimbursement from these awards. These funds are in addition to reimbursements announced last month in Franklin, Berkshire and Bristol counties. MassDOT continues to receive requests from cities and towns for such reimbursements.  

"Our small towns were hit hard by Tropical Storm Irene, causing extensive damage to many roads and bridges," said Representative Stephen Kulik. "Goshen incurred large expenses to repair damage to West Road, and I am pleased that these funds will reimburse the town for some of these unexpected emergency repairs." 

"Adams, Charlemont, and Hawley have suffered great damages from the storm, where cleanup and repairs are still underway," said Representative Gailanne M. Cariddi. "We welcome every bit of money to assist our communities with reimbursement and repairs." 

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