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For Immediate Release: 01/27/2016

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MassDOT Highway Announces Completion of Interim Safety Improvements along Route 20 in Oxford

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) today announced the completion of the Interim Safety Improvements project in Oxford along Route 20.  The work has included the installation of guardrail and roadway widening along the corridor.


“Safety is a top priority for MassDOT, and the completion of the short-term safety enhancements along Route 20 in Oxford will help to keep this stretch of roadway safer,” said MassDOT Highway Administrator Thomas J. Tinlin.  “Working together with local public safety officials, it was agreed that these immediate steps are the first part of what will be a more permanent solution for improving the safety of this section of Route 20.”


With a cost of $2.3 million, MassDOT Highway made improvements to divide approximately 3,600 feet of Route 20 from Oxford to Charlton, while also widening the roadway to accommodate the installation of the guardrail.  Within the next two weeks, flashing signage will be installed along the stretch of Route 20 reminding drivers to use caution while approaching this section of roadway.


State Representative Paul K. Frost (R-Auburn) commented, “The interim safety improvements of the dangerous curve along Route 20 in North Oxford and into Charlton is a positive example of hard work,  cooperation  and communication of state and local government to address and solve problems together. State and local government worked together to find a way to get this done.  So, today this section of Route 20 is much safer than it was some 3 months ago.”  


Frost continued,”I appreciate all the efforts and commitment made by Mass DOT Highway District 3, Governor Baker and Lieutenant Governor Polito, Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack, MassDOT Highway Administrator Thomas Tinlin, the town officials of Charlton and Oxford, and longtime Route 20 public safety advocates for coming together and taking this huge first step in improving safety along this roadway.  I also wish to acknowledge and give credit to my legislative colleagues, State Senator Ryan Fattman, State Senator Anne Gobi, Representative Peter Durant, Representative Joseph McKenna, and Representative Todd Smola for rallying to this cause.  We are all pleased this phase is done and are fully committed to continuing on together in addressing the much bigger and needed Route 20 project ahead."


“I am pleased to see how the legislative delegation and Mass DOT team worked in unison with local officials and constituents on improving safety along Route 20.  I am thankful for everyone’s time and effort on this issue, and hope to prevent and mitigate any accidents in the future,” said Senator Ryan C. Fattman.


The interim improvements are in place to keep the corridor safer in advance of the larger project that is currently under development for the future.  MassDOT will be holding an information public meeting later this winter to update the community on the status of the design.


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