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Tewksbury To Receive $2.5 Million In Transportation Bond Bill

Money will be used to Improve section of Route 38.

(Editor's note: The following information was submitted by the office of state

The Senate on Tuesday unanimously passed a $1.39 billion bond bill to fund existing transportation improvement projects through Fiscal Year 2013, including roadway projects in Tewksbury.

“The bond bill includes $2,500,000 for the reconstruction and improvement of Route 38 from Old Boston Road to Livingston Street,” said   “This project has been a high priority for Tewksbury since Main Street is home to many of the retail businesses in town,” he said.  

Additionally, $2,000,000 was approved for necessary environmental reviews for the Lowell Interchange project on I-93. “This is a huge development plan that would bring millions of dollars to the area. It is my hope the Governor approves both allotments quickly.”

Earlier this session, the Senate approved millions in Chapter 90 funding, which is a 100-percent reimbursement program that entitles municipalities to be reimbursed for documented and approved projects.  “This bond bill is another way to provide more construction jobs and to strengthen our infrastructure,” Finegold added.

Finegold said that transportation improvement projects are not only beneficial for safety reasons but also for economic growth. “An effective transportation system is inextricably tied to the local economy, and we need to continue to make investments to further support our transportation infrastructure,” he said.

The Senate bill authorizes the state to borrow $683 million for existing projects, ensuring that state dollars will be available to leverage federal funding for a total of $1.39 billion.

The Senate bill and the House bill will go to a conference committee to produce a compromise bill for final passage and consideration of the Governor.

Kathleen Brothers August 07, 2012 at 05:36 PM
In my opinion, this is wonderful. We all know that Rt. 38 need improvement. I don't want to sound ungrateful, but wouldn't it be nice to be able to go right down to the Wilmington line?
Steve Crane August 07, 2012 at 06:11 PM
I'd love to see the Pleasant st sidewalks fixed up. It would be impressive to someone from another community to drive down a beautiful street to a beautiful new high school.
bk August 07, 2012 at 07:10 PM
I agree. The Main st. from Shawsheen st. to Wilmington border is in real bad shape and this is where they should be spending this money on first instead of "from Old Boston Road to Livingston Street" ... IMHO. -B
malcolm nichols August 08, 2012 at 11:38 AM
So it all starts with the Federal Government taxing us. In order to "leverage" this taxing the State then borrows money we don't have (and can't afford to pay back) and supsequently they too increase taxes on us. Finally Big Brother distibutes money to cities and towns to fix projects we don't want in the 1st place.
Ray August 08, 2012 at 01:08 PM
TO BK, Why are people in the sounthern part of town sounding greedy? I voted for the south to get sewer first years ago, I voted to build and keep the south street fire station open. Try living in this end of town, I live off the Old Boston Rd section and have since 1967. Try getting on Main st today during rush hour, Yes, just like shawsheen street is just as busy but we all know Commuters today have no concideration or kindness to share the road with drivers or people trying to cross the street. This end of town has more accidents from Chandler st to the lowell line. Since Rt 38 is a state owned road, I agree the state should fix the problem from rt 495 lowell to Wilmington including wilmington.

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