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State Funding Secured for Shaw Street Repair

June 12, 2009

STATE FUNDING SECURED FOR SHAW STREET REPAIR
State Dollars Allotted for Medway Road Project
June 12, 2009

BOSTON—Residents of Medway and Franklin who have been inconvenienced by Shaw Street’s disrepair can expect some good news, as Representative James E. Vallee (D-Franklin), House Majority Leader, along with Representative Carolyn C. Dykema (D-Holliston) and Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) today announced that $440,000 will be allotted by the state to help in the town’s repair project.

“I’m thrilled that, after a hard-fought battle, the Administration has seen the urgency of this situation and this funding has been released,” said Spilka. “Repairing Shaw Street and the area in question is important to the Town of Medway for environmental, mobility, and quality of life reasons.  I look forward to work getting underway on this project, and securing the funding is a vital next step.”

“I am so pleased to see state funding being channeled to Medway at a time when the town needs the assistance most,” said Vallee. “This project will address a pressing public safety issue, and I know this funding will be put to excellent use for constituents in my district.”

The Town of Medway recently experienced an infrastructure catastrophe.  Shaw Street directly abuts the Charles River, and due to severe rain this season, the south-bound lane of the road collapsed. The road has been closed between Franklin and Medway for over a month. The state’s Executive Office of Transportation authorized the town to utilize approximately $150,000 of Chapter 90 funds—those state grants allocated for road and bridge maintenance and repair—and this additional $440,000 in funding will help alleviate the cost to the town at a time when it needs it most, according to Vallee.

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