The Massachusetts Legislature on Thursday passed a bill authorizing $12.7 billion in capital spending over the next five years to fund improvements to the Commonwealth’s transportation system, Senate President Therese Murray (D-Plymouth) announced.
Included in the bill is $8.9 million for roadway improvements for Sandwich Road, from Brick Kiln Road to Route 151, and $290,000 for Brick Kiln Road, running from Route 28A to the town line east of Service Road. It also includes $7.5 million for a water main replacement on Main Street and Davis Street, known as Route 28, in the town of Falmouth.
“These roadway improvements are essential for providing safe and reliable ways of travel and the water main replacement will ensure that Falmouth residents will not be at risk of losing their water or having their businesses jeopardized,” Murray said in a statement. “We have a responsibility to act proactively on our transportation and water infrastructure to ensure the health and safety of the Falmouth community.”
In addition to the removal of an 8 inch and 10 inch water main and replacing it with a new 16 inch water main, the water main replacement project also consists of asphalt milling and an overlay of approximately 3.4 miles of roadway, safety improvements as well as trench restoration and related work.
The Sandwich Road improvements include an overlay of approximately 4.5 miles work of pavement, as well as the installation of new asphalt sidewalk, granite curbing, drainage rehabilitation and installation and signage. The funding also requires engineering plans, public meetings and wetlands permitting.
The Brick Kiln Road improvements include an overlay of approximately .05 miles of pavements and will require approval from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. Both projects include asphalt milling loam seeding and incidental items.The bill now goes to Governor Deval Patrick for his consideration.