NEWBURYPORT (Thursday, November 1, 2012) – Today, MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey joined Representative Michael A. Costello and Mayor Donna D. Holaday to announce that the city of Newburyport is being awarded $1 million under MassDOT’s Small Bottleneck Grant Program.
The funds will go toward reconstruction of the intersection of Spofford Street, Merrimac Street, and Moseley Avenue. The intersection will be rebuilt into a single-lane roundabout that will make improvements to safety and to traffic flow.
“Under the leadership of the Patrick-Murray Administration, we are making it a priority to invest in transportation improvements that have positive effects on economic growth, and increase mobility and safety, no matter how big, or how small they are,” Secretary Davey said. “While many worthwhile projects may get passed over for others that are deemed higher priorities, we’re here today in recognition of the importance of this one.”
The city, which will be overseeing the construction project, has advertised the project with bids due on Nov. 15, 2012, with the job being awarded shortly thereafter. Construction is expected to begin in April 2013 and finishing with final paving in the spring of 2014.
“This intersection is a vital and heavily-traveled gateway to Newburyport for both residents and visitors. The roundabout will help improve traffic safety in the area and make it more visually appealing,” said Representative Costello. “I want to thank Secretary Davey and MassDOT Highway Administrator Frank DePaola for including the funding in the Small Bottleneck Grant program.”
“Today the City of Newburyport received $1 million from the MassDOT’s Small Bottleneck program to address a very dangerous intersection in our city. We have advocated for many months for funding to build a roundabout at Spofford and Merrimac Streets and are very grateful to Secretary Davey for understanding this significant need and creating this innovative program,” said Mayor Holaday. “Our thanks are also extended to Representative Mike Costello and Senator Steve Baddour who worked closely with me in successfully advocating for this project. Construction will begin in April 2013.”
The Small Bottleneck Grant Program was designed to provide communities with both 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 commute times.
This program supports MassDOT’s commitment that both small and large investments in transportation help leverage economic development and jobs. In its first year, the communities of Sandwich, Fitchburg, and Westhampton were also grant recipients from the Small Bottleneck Program.
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