3 western Mass. communities receive 2016 MassWorks Grants

The announcement will be on Monday at 11 a.m. at the Massachusetts State House Grand Staircase.

BOSTON (WWLP) – Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Secretary Jay Ash, Legislators, and local community leaders announced at the State House that $8.8 million in MassWorks Infrastructure Program grants for 2016 will be awarded to support nine rural infrastructure projects, located in ten communities, three in western Massachusetts.

The MassWork Infrastructure Program provides municipalities and other eligible public entities seeking public infrastructure funding to support housing production, economic development, and job creation.

The three western Massachusetts communities awarded the MassWorks grants are Charlemont, Chesterfield, and Lee. The grants are supposed to be used to make critical improvements to roadways and improve safety and circulation for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Program award winners in western Massachusetts:

  • Charlemont – Town Bridge Repair Project – $949,000: the funding will be used to make repairs to the Town’s 46 bridges. The project is regionally significant to the Towns of Heath and Rowe.
  • Chesterfield – Smith Road Improvements – $989,750: the funding will be fore the reconstruction of Smith road. Smith Road is of regional significance to the neighboring Towns of Cummington, Goshen, and Worthington. It will improve access to the Chesterfield-Goshen regional elementary school.
  • Lee – Forest Street Reconstruction – $1,000,000: A full-depth reclamation of the road, which runs from Route 20 in the Town of Lee to the Town of Tyringham.