For Immediate Release
The Executive office of Transportation announced on Friday that resurfacing of 4.4 miles of Route 2 in Harvard and Littleton will receive federal highway stimulus funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. In addition to the Littleton and Harvard resurfacing project, the Patrick Administration announced a total of eight “shovel-ready” transportation projects that span from the Berkshires to Cape Cod and represent an estimated total value of approximately $30 million.
The Harvard Littleton project will entail resurfacing of Route 2 in Harvard from the vicinity of the Littleton Road Bridge over Route 2 eastward about 1 mile to the Littleton Town Line, then continuing another 3.4 miles to the Boxborough Town Line, a total distance of approximately 4.4 miles. The project consists of cold planning, resurfacing, and additional work includes minor box widening to extend existing sub-standard acceleration and deceleration lanes. The approximate cost of the project is $5,784,600.
“I am pleased to see that recovery funds are being spent on projects in our community that will make our roads safer and put people to work,” said State Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton). “While these funds will not go directly to our towns, this project marks the beginning or what I hope will be continued and further investment in our communities by the State and Federal Government.”
“I am pleased that this important Littleton project will receive these federal funds, it is important to both the economic and transportation infrastructure in that area.” said Representative James Arciero who represents Littleton in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. “Route 2 is a major thoroughfare in the area and keeping it in good condition is a worthy transportation goal. The funds will be well spent for this project.” concluded Arciero.
Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Massachusetts has been given the authority from the federal government to spend a total of $437.9 million on highway projects. Approximately $153.2 million will be awarded to “shovel-ready” projects advertised for bid within the next 120 days, including these eight projects.
Federal recovery transportation projects are selected by the administration from the State Transportation Improvement Plan, which is comprised of projects submitted by the state’s 13 Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO) following a collaborative public review process including the public and dozens of state, regional, and local officials.