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Local communities getting funding for infrastructure projects

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More than $79 million will be used for 33 infrastructure projects in the state. Governor Deval Patrick's administration announced the funding Thursday.

The administration said it supports economic development and housing growth across the state. It includes projects such as roadways, streetscapes, water and sewer.

Western Massachusetts communities getting funding include Deerfield, Easthampton, Hadley and Wales.

Deerfield will be funded for it's River Road Roadway Reconstruction Project totaling $952,463. The MassWorks award will provide a permanent solution to repairs along River Road, which for the past 15 years has experienced pavement failure and cracking. Infrastructure improvements will include the removal of the debris and reconstructing the existing drainage systems. MassWorks funds will leverage $100,000 contributed by the Town to make additional repairs to River Road and extend the project pavement limits. This project is supported regionally by the City of Greenfield and Town of Sunderland.

Easthampton will be funded for it's Pleasant Street Infrastructure Improvement Project totaling $1,500,000. The MassWorks award will continue the infrastructure work funded by a 2012 MassWorks grant to redevelop the Pleasant Street Mills into a vibrant, mixed-use community. Specifically the grant will construct of 404 new public parking spaces on the southern side of the mills. The City will also seek to enhance the project area through the planting of 124 native trees and shrubs, new trails and lighting as funding allows.

Hadley is being funded for it's Shattuck Road Improvement Project totaling $61,815. The MassWorks award will be used to pave an 800-foot section of Shattuck Road immediately south of the Hadley-Sunderland town border. The road paving will enhance public transportation safety of Shattuck Road by improving the road surface for all-weather travel, as well as providing for a viable detour route to allow closure of Route 47, a north-south corridor, during the replacement of the Dwyer's Bridge culvert. The MassWorks award complements $60,400 contributed by the Town to extend water service along the roadway. The project is supported by the Town of Sunderland.

Wales is being funded for it's Union Road-Roadway and Drainage Improvements Project totaling $881,923. This area of Wales serves to provide a means for residents in the area to access the major interstates and supports a denser housing area within Woodland Heights and a future residential multi-family housing at the end of Walker Road. The Town has committed $33,000 to the complete the design and engineering for this project.

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