8 Mass. projects set for stimulus funds

Associated Press / March 14, 2009
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Work could begin soon on $30 million worth of Massachusetts highway projects that are eligible to use federal stimulus dollars.

The eight projects are scattered from the Berkshires to Cape Cod, according to Governor Deval Patrick's administration.

The projects focus on road resurfacing and traffic-sign replacement in each of five regional districts and will be put out to bid today.

Massachusetts has received $438 million for highway projects under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. About $153 million will be committed to highway projects to be advertised for bid over the next 120 days.

James Aloisi, Massachusetts transportation secretary, said work on the projects will begin this spring.

Jeffrey Simon, tapped by Patrick to help decide which state projects will receive stimulus funds, said the federal dollars will accelerate road and bridge maintenance projects.

The projects include resurfacing and sidewalk reconstruction on Route 116 in Adams, resurfacing along a section of Route 6 in Bourne, and resurfacing Route 18 and Route 28 in the Bridgewater and Middleborough area.

Other projects include:

Resurfacing more than 3 miles of Route 2 in Gill, Erving, Orange, and Wendell.

Resurfacing and replacing traffic signs on Route 128 in Lexington and Reading.

Resurfacing more than 4 miles of Route 2 in Harvard and Littleton.

Resurfacing Route 6 in Somerset and Rehoboth.

Resurfacing more than 4 miles of Route 6 in Westport.

The administration said it will decide how to use federal stimulus dollars based in part on a project's ability to meet a 120-day "use it or lose it" deadline.

Federal officials have also announced an additional $319 million for Massachusetts public transit projects, $159.9 million of which must be committed to eligible projects within 180 days.

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