GARDNER- July 27, 2020- Gardner was awarded $100,000 for bridge construction as part of the Municipal Small Bridge and Culvert Program Grant awards.
The City is one of 27 communities to receive a total of $6.3 million. The program is a need and merit-based program that seeks to fund those applications that demonstrate a critical need or substantially extend the life of an existing small bridge. Projects are evaluated according to a strict set of eligibility criteria that consider the condition, benefits, and repair status of each bridge.
“Our administration is pleased make available this funding that can be used by cities and towns to preserve and repair smaller bridges within their communities,” said Gov. Charlie Baker. “Since our administration began the Municipal Small Bridge Program close to $50 million has been awarded in funding to municipalities to ensure that their locally-owned transportation assets are safe and reliable.”
The Municipal Small Bridge Program, signed into law on August 10, 2016, by Governor Baker, is a several-year $50 million program to aid in the replacement and preservation of municipally-owned small bridges which are not eligible for federal aid under existing bridge replacement or rehabilitation programs. An increasing number of them are at high risk for full or partial closure in the near future due to their present conditions.
“This program has helped facilitate the development of 121 small bridge projects across the Commonwealth that due to their size would be deemed ineligible for federal funding,” said Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito. “We are pleased to work with cities and towns to address their infrastructure needs and support local economies.”
“I am very pleased to see that Gardner was selected among the recipients of this year’s grant awards. We should constantly be looking at ways to improve our existing infrastructure,” said Gardner Mayor Mike Nicholson. “I would like to extend a thank you to the Baker-Polito Administration for continuing to invest in our communities to help make us stronger. This funding will be used to help us design the replacement of the culvert in the Keyes Road area.”