Salem Mayor Kimberley Driscoll, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Acting Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver Tuesday at Salem’s Canal Street Reconstruction Project. (Courtesy photograph.)
Bridges, highways, roads and trails throughout Greater Haverhill are seeing repairs and improvements as a result of $250 million in state spending.
Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Acting Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver and MassDOT put the spotlight on 90 roadway and bridge projects benefiting 61northeastern communities during a Salem visit Tuesday. Highlighted projects included route 125 road reconstruction and signal improvements and Bradford Rail Trail in Haverhill; route 213 Loop Connector resurfacing and I-93 rotary replacement in Methuen; route 97 reconstruction in Groveland; and I-495 resurfacing in Andover, Lawrence and North Andover, including 12 bridges.
“Our administration is pleased to continue upgrading our transportation infrastructure to allow people across Northeast Massachusetts and the Commonwealth to get to the places they need to be,” said Polito. “By investing over $250 million in road and bridge projects in Northeast Massachusetts last year, we have continued to support our local communities and promote the jobs and opportunities that keep our economy strong.”
The administration said it has spent more than $2.8 billion since 2015 on highway construction projects and bridges, pavement, intersection and sidewalk improvements and bike lanes. It has also authorized more than $700 million in state road grants for cities and towns, and invested $30 million through its Complete Streets and Municipal Small Bridge programs not eligible for federal aid.
Tuesday’s event took place at a $11 million project to reconstruct a section of Canal Street in Salem.