$14+ Million Secured For City Infrastructure

A $1.5 billion bill helps build infrastructure that strengthens the state’s economy over the long term, Governor Deval Patrick said.

Gov. Deval Patrick called the $1.5 billion transportation bond bill he signed Thursday what the state needs to strengthen its economy and "quality of life for the long term," while bringing a number of new construction projects to Malden. 

“Our transportation infrastructure had suffered from years of neglect, so this administration started rebuilding roads, rails and bridges in every corner of our state and creating thousands of jobs," Patrick said after he enacted the bill, which enjoyed the strong support of the Legislature, passing the House by a vote of 150-2 on July 31, the last day of the session.

The bond bill ensures funding for many projects already under way and allots money for the planning of future improvements across the state. Local projects include: 

Specific earmarks for local projects include: 

  • $10,000,000 shall be expended for the lower north shore highway improvement project, including but not limited to improvements to Route 1 in the cities of Revere and Malden and the town of Saugus, improvements at Mahoney circle, improvements at Brown circle, improvements at Copeland circle, improvements at the intersection of Revere street and Route 60 and improvements at the intersection of Route 145 and Route 16.
  • $675,000 shall be expended to complete the construction of the Northern Strand community trail, bike to the sea trail, located in the city of Malden.
  • $1,750,000 shall be expended for the design and reconstruction of Route 99 in the city of Malden.
  • $1,000,000 shall be expended for the Main street improvement project in the city of Malden.
  • $30,000 shall be expended for countdown pedestrian signals at various intersections in the city of Malden;

It also continues funding for the final year of 2008's five-year Accelerated Bridge Program, the largest statewide infrastructure investment program ever, according to the administration. The bridge program has reduced the number of structurally deficient bridges by almost 20 percent, the governor's office said.


Diana August 14, 2012 at 11:35 AM
Alternatively, one could do a little research on Edward Klein and find out that he's a a lying liar who lies. Then one might change their mind again, if one's mind is nimble enough for change.
Chris Caesar August 14, 2012 at 11:36 AM
You think Patrick would spend $1.5 billion to help get Obama elected here? You could pay a guy off the street $50 and he could deliver the state to him this November.
ForestDale August 14, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Chris, is there any way to get more information on some of these projects? Some are obvious, like the bike to sea, but I'm curious about what exactly they are planning for Rt 99 and Rt 60.
Andrew25 August 14, 2012 at 03:46 PM
No Malden Marina?!?!? Very disappointing.
AnnieOMalden August 14, 2012 at 04:11 PM
A25: You might ask your friend Neil if you could use the charter school boat dock at the DPW designated for the crew team. LOL Actually your idea is not a bad one, just not sure how many Malden residents other than Councilor Anderson have boats they would dock there.
Andrew25 August 14, 2012 at 04:34 PM
I'd put my boat there
AnnieOMalden August 14, 2012 at 04:38 PM
I see one parked in a yard on Mountain Ave so we're up to three!
Andrew25 August 14, 2012 at 04:38 PM
.....and Neil isn't my friend
Andrew25 August 14, 2012 at 04:44 PM
People from all over would come there. If you want to be a member at Mystic/Wellington good luck. It's only a 5 year waiting list to get in.
Raj August 14, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Where can we see what exactly they have planned for "design and reconstruction of Route 99". What if the money allocated falls short of the actual $ spent on the project because you know there is going to be delays and union costs that far exceed what is budgeted. I fear Big Dig type workmanship defects too. Are they going out of state and getting a NH company for this project too like the one on Pleasant street that starts this week?
Michael G August 14, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Good point Raj.
THEBIGBT August 14, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Great, they have been yapping about infrastructure this and that for some time now. And they wait until the last day of the session and it gets passed 150-2! Then it should have passed a long time ago. typical wait untilthe last minute and do things haphazardly. So start the projects when it snows to maximize delays etc. Imagine if a line of food trucks hit pot holes on Rt 99, it would be chaos or just what we need and deserve.
paul surette August 14, 2012 at 10:01 PM
I'm still curious about what's going on with this baseball park project? Whatever happened to that? Anyone know?
Chris Caesar August 14, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Hey Paul, I've asked for updates a few times this summer. Last I heard it was a bit behind schedule - but not terribly so - and the negotiations were continuing.
Kevin August 15, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Any influx of money to help Malden is great. Deval Patrick didn't personally reach into his pocket for this money like the authors imply though.
Phe August 15, 2012 at 06:15 PM
*lying liar who lies* Adding this to my repertoire, in a place of honor next to "b*st*rd coated b*st*rd with b*st*rd filling." Thank you! :D
Joe Gray August 15, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Great. More "free" money to fund vague projects in Malden. I'm sure $10mil to repave route 1 "again" and plant flowers at the various circles is a great idea. Prettier rotaries is just what this city needs..... unbelievable. What's to reconstruct on 99(again), a better view of the cemeteries as you drive by? I don't get it.
Chris Caesar August 15, 2012 at 07:01 PM
How do we imply that?
Joe Gray August 16, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Michael G. The mayor had put a link up earlier this summer that allowed you to report potholes and thingies. I submitted a request on the city's web site and they patched an annoying hole in the front of my driveway quickly. It wasn't a pretty patch job but it did the trick.
Jaeger August 16, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Call one of the councilor at large and tell them you got no respose from your ward councilor. They eat they stuff up and I believe you will get a response.
BostonUrbEx August 16, 2012 at 05:39 PM
You do realize the Rt 1 project means widening the 2-lane bottleneck to 3-lanes, making the turning radii of the Salem St exits safer, and eliminating the Copeland Circle, right? This isn't "paving" and "flowers".
Meggle August 17, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Better pedestrian signs would be great... I also really dig the rail trail so far, it's a peaceful walk and pleasant bike ride, so seeing it completed further will be awesome.
Meggle August 17, 2012 at 12:59 AM
Info on the route 99/route 1 project can be found here: http://www.route1project.com/ProjDescription.html
Marc Levine August 17, 2012 at 10:44 AM
More on street parking on Pleasant St. Let the business owners and their employees park in the garage for steep discounts!!!!!!!! People are not going to park in a garage to run into a shop for a minute. Who needs those super size sidewalks. More on street parking in Malden Sq.
ForestDale August 17, 2012 at 11:12 AM
Thank you Meggle. That was the information I was looking for up thread. Maybe Chris can hire you as a stringer. :)
david mokal August 18, 2012 at 08:57 PM
I would just like to see a canoe and kayak place to launch. Ive been up the Malden River and there is lots of wildlife and old docks which was used many years ago when Malden was big on Manafacturing. Annie did you know the IRON LUNG was invented at Boston Steel and the first 8 track players at Automatic Radio as well as the first car Radio at National Radio on the Malden Melrose line? There is so much history here in Malden.
Antoine August 20, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Marc, how does making the sidewalks narrower mean more parking spots in Malden Square? Making the street wider is not going to make the street longer unless you want to give space for cars to double park. Also the people who only need a minute to shop are not going to buy much, 50 cent candy is not worth eeking a few more parking spaces to cater to them.
Gene Pinkham August 20, 2012 at 08:38 PM
If the streets are wider you can have Angle Parking which allows for more cars.
Marc Levine August 21, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Keep the big sidewalks but where it jets out (those are called elephant ears) bring those back in and allow more on street parking. Strict limit 1 or 2 hours. The restaurants, Sunrise Convenience Store (great place to let them pack and ship a package) Shops like those. Even the Dollar Stores, when you need something and you drive by and find a parking space you may stop in and pick up a few things. Store owners who depend on driver by's to stop in. More than you would think. People park their cars (and trucks) in front of those elephant ears causing a major back up. Gene has a good point too. Does anybody from 200 Pleasant St read these comments?
Diana August 21, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Angled parking would be awesome (although the street would have to be quite a bit wider). As a regular pedestrian in Malden Square, I can testify that crossing Pleasant Street is way more hazardous than it needs to be, largely because people are entirely focused on (parallel) parking, and they're generally TERRIBLE at it. Seriously folks, if you need to do a 23-point turn to maneuver into a two car length space, perhaps this whole "operating a motor vehicle" thing isn't for you.


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