$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.


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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