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Milford Daily News: McGovern touts funding to design Rte. 109 road repairs

December 30, 2009

December 30, 2009
By Ashley Studley, The Milford Daily News

MEDWAY — With $400,000 in federal money secured to begin designs of the reconstruction of Rte. 109, Medway officials met with U.S. Rep. James McGovern, D-3rd, yesterday to discuss the next step.

At Restaurant 45, project advocate Paul Yorkis told McGovern the town will need another $300,000 to complete the design phase, and then about $9 million for construction.

“We still have a long way to go,” McGovern said. “We’ll have to engage with the state and Federal Highway (Administration) to get more money.”

McGovern secured $400,000 in funding for the Medway project from a $447 billion bill the Senate passed earlier this month. The bill funds infrastructure and education projects nationwide.

McGovern said he and town officials will examine every avenue for additional funding.

“We have to be diligent about a $100,000 here, a million (dollars) there. Hopefully it all adds up,” he said. “There are (many) projects in the state, but not every project has the political support that this one does.”

McGovern’s Chief of Staff Christopher Philbin said it’s unlikely any town would get that kind of funding from the state.

“Given the economy, there’s no capacity to do municipal borrowing of any kind,” he said.

Yorkis said construction would improve roads from Holliston to Milford streets with better light signals and signs, and safer crosswalks and sidewalks.

He said improved roads would make it easier for shoppers to get in and out of business parking lots, and would improve the town’s stormwater drainage system.

McGovern said the town should make a request for money from the fiscal 2011 appropriation bill and the highway reauthorization bill once they become available.

In the meantime, he said the town should rejoice that its efforts are paying off.

“Today we have $400,000. It’s the first real money (from) the federal government to be put in this project,” he said. “We’re going to work with the government to get more.”

While the town hopes for project completion in 2011, Yorkis wants the public’s input.

“We hope the community will express (its) concerns, and also express suggestions on how to make Rte. 109 a more attractive, safer roadway in Medway,” he said.

Ashley Studley can be reached at 508-634-7556 or astudley@cnc.com.

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