Gov. Deval Patrick was in Holyoke Monday to help break ground on improvements to the Holyoke canal walk.
Patrick along with MassDOT, members of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, and state and local officials broke ground on the second phase of the $3.5 million project Monday afternoon.
Part of the project will create 3,000 feet of additional pedestrian walkways around the Holyoke canal. Officials hope that the expansion will connect the different sections of the city to one another.
Patrick said that the canal walk is one small step in creating a more connected Pioneer Valley.
"The key is that the canal walk that we are breaking ground on today is part of a larger canal walk project that is a section of a larger canal walk. But it is a block, block and a half away from a new rail station. Valley's corridor will reopen at the end of this year and Amtrak trains will be coming once or twice a day up from New York to Vermont and connecting the cities along the Pioneer Valley to each other," Patrick said.
The canal walk project is part of the Patrick Administration's Gateway Cities Initiative to make long-term investments in education, innovation and infrastructure in urban communities.
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