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NORTH READING – Thursday, February 14, 2013– Governor Deval Patrick today visited North Reading to continue the conversation on the value of transportation investments to unlock long-term economic development across the Commonwealth.
The Patrick-Murray Administration’s 21st Century Transportation Plan includes a $1 billion annual investment in the Commonwealth’s transportation system to maintain the current transportation assets in place today and launch a number of high-impact transportation projects across Massachusetts that, if built, will create thousands of jobs and spur economic development across the Commonwealth and improve the quality of life. The plan also includes a $550 million investment in education, reaching $1 billion over four years, to expand access to high quality educational opportunities and make higher education more affordable for all students in Massachusetts.
The biggest improvement under the proposal is the reconstruction of the I-93/I-95 interchange in Reading, Woburn, Stoneham and Wakefield. The $320 million project will reconstruct the busiest interchange in the Commonwealth to make it simpler, safer and allow for more efficient vehicle movements.
“In our visits to each and every corner of the Commonwealth, we have heard one consistent message: the folks that drive on our roads, ride on our trains and buses, and use our pedestrian and cycling amenities want more transportation services, not less,” said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard Davey. “Making these investments, our transportation network will be able to move our current workforce and strong enough to support continued economic growth.”
The plan also calls for the rehabilitation of the Main Street Bridge in North Reading, construction of the Ballardvale Street Bridge in Wilmington and the resurfacing of Route 133 in Essex and Ipswich, Route 113 in West Newbury and Route 38 in Wilmington, among other areas.
The plan also brings the total apportionment of Chapter 90 funds, which pay for the reconstruction of locally owned roads and bridges, up to $300 million from $200 million.
In the Governor’s State of the Commonwealth address and in his budget announcement in January, Governor Patrick laid out a plan to help grow jobs by making investments in education, innovation and infrastructure and expand opportunity in the near-term, while strengthening our Commonwealth in the long-term.