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For Immediate Release: 09/26/2012
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Secretary Davey Tours Fitchburg’s Rindge Road Improvement Project
FITCHBURG (Wednesday, September 26, 2012)—Massachusetts Department of Transportation Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey joined Fitchburg Mayor Lisa A. Wong, state and local officials today to tour the site of the $1.1 million Rindge Road Improvement Project, funded through the Small Bottleneck Grant Program.

“MassDOT, on behalf of the Patrick-Murray Administration, is proud to partner with the community of Fitchburg on this important project. These kinds of smaller-scale investments are often overlooked but are incredibly important to communities,” said Secretary Davey.

The Fitchburg Rindge Road project extends from Route 31 at the John Fitch Highway toward the Ashby town line, a distance of 2.5 miles. The project includes pavement reclamation, drainage improvements, guardrail upgrades, pavement markings and resurfacing of existing sidewalk along Rindge Road. Construction started in late August and is expected to wrap up by the end of October.

“This is great news for the City of Fitchburg. Rindge Road is in very rough shape; this funding will go a long way to improving this highly traveled road in Fitchburg,” said Senator Jennifer L. Flanagan. “I am once again thankful to the Administration, in particular Secretary Rich Davey, for making North Central Massachusetts a priority.”

“It is good news to hear that Fitchburg will be receiving $1.1M from the Small Bottleneck Grant Program. This will assist the city with the Rindge Road Improvement Project which results in a safer roadway and better quality of life for our commuters,” said Representative Stephen L. DiNatale.

The City will be reimbursed through MassDOT's Small Bottleneck Grant Program once the roadway improvements are complete. The Small Bottleneck Program was designed to provide communities with both the funding and technical assistance to complete roadway improvement projects valued at or about $1 million that do not score high enough to qualify for federal funding, but would result in significant improvements for the local economy, quality of life, safety and/or commute times.

The communities of Fitchburg, Sandwich, Westhampton and Newburyport received Small Bottleneck Grants in 2012.

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