Lynn is planning for three major roadway and traffic safety upgrades after state officials recently determined the projects are eligible for a combined $59 million in federal highway funding.
The Department of Transportation’s finding was a critical hurdle the city had to clear in its bid to secure the federal dollars, according to city officials. If the funding is approved, it would pay 100 percent of the construction costs, as well as all expenses for police details, engineering, contingencies, and utility relocations. The city would be required to fund design, right-of-way acquisition, and environmental permitting.
“This is an incredible opportunity for the city of Lynn to improve our transportation infrastructure and address long overdue traffic and safety deficiencies throughout the city,” Mayor Thomas M. McGee said in a statement. “Efficient and safe transportation within our city is the cornerstone of Lynn’s revitalization.”
The three projects are the $36.2 million reconstruction of Western Avenue from Market Square to Eastern Avenue; the $16.9 million reconstruction of Essex Street from Eastern Avenue to the intersection of Essex, Rockaway, and Joyce streets; and $6.5 million in traffic safety improvements at Broadway, Euclid Avenue, and Jenness Street.
The city has been working with Woburn-based WorldTech Engineering to prepare for the projects and seek community input. WorldTech will shortly begin preliminary design of the three projects, a process that will involve several public workshops.John Laidler can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.