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September 13, 2023

State captures $80M for 11 highway projects, three in Central Mass.

A large brick building with columns in front and a gold dome on top with a long staircase leading up to it and an American flag on the left hand side. Photo | Courtesy of Commonwealth of Massachusetts Massachusetts State House

Between congested roads, slow and disrupted MBTA service, and missed opportunities to secure funding to replace the Cape Cod bridges, the state hasn't had a lot to brag about on the transportation front lately. Which perhaps explains Tuesday's press release on an $80 million federal funds windfall.

Massachusetts snagged an additional $80 million in Federal Highway Administration money, the Healey administration announced, as part of a redistribution of funds that occurs annually. On average, the state received about $65 million in redistributed funds in each of the previous four years, MassDOT said.

Working under a "use it or lose it" approach, the monies are made available after the FHWA calculates how much fiscal year spending is likely to go unspent and solicits requests from the states for shovel-ready projects. The funds are available now, MassDOT said, and must be obligated by Sept. 26, 2023.

"As part of our good governance, the Highway Division was ready to submit shovel-ready projects to our federal partners as soon as the opportunity for additional funding was there," said Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. "We will continue to be competitive in seeking federal funding to best maintain and improve our roadways."

MassDOT also released the list of projects that will receive funds:

  • Pittsfield - Intersection and signal improvements at First Street and North Street
  • Granby - Improvements at two locations on Route 202: School Street and Five Corners
  • Westminster - Rehabilitation and box widening on Route 140, from Patricia Road to the Princeton town line
  • Stow - Bridge replacement, Box Mill Road over Elizabeth Brook
  • Lanesborough - Resurfacing and related work on Route 7
  • Framingham - Traffic signal installation at Edgell Road at Central Street
  • Becket, Blanford, Stockbridge, West Stockbridge - Bridge preservation
  • Wilmington - Bridge preservation, Woburn Street over I-93 bridge replacement
  • Boston - Bridge preservation, Richmond Street over Route 1A
  • Wareham - Bridge preservation, Maple Springs Road, and Tihonet Road over Route 25
  • Salisbury - Reconstruction of Route 1, Lafayette Road
  • Fall River - Corridor improvements on Route 79/Davol Street

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