BOSTON – Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury) and Representative Kate D. Campanale (R-Leicester) announced that the Town of Leicester has received state funding to support the Church Street Bridge project through the Municipal Small Bridge Program.

Last year, the Town submitted a request for funding to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) to replace the Auburn Street Bridge.  However, a bridge closure recommendation was subsequently issued by MassDOT for the Church Street Bridge in July 2017.  A bridge inspection revealed multiple cracks in the stone masonry slabs supporting the roadway.  In response, the Town has sought to prioritize the Church Street Bridge project to address the serious deficiencies with the condition of the bridge.  Moreover, the bridge closure would result in a traffic detour which spans several miles.

“This project seeks to address a critical infrastructure problem within Cherry Valley,” said Senator Moore. “The bridge was originally built nearly two centuries ago and those who travel through the area know all-too-well the need for its replacement.  I am pleased that this project was awarded funding and I’m looking forward to supporting similar projects to enhance our local transportation infrastructure.”

“The Church Street Bridge project is one of crucial importance to the everyday function of Cherry Valley’s infrastructure,” said Representative Campanale.  “I am extremely happy to see this funding was granted so motorists may once again have confidence in the safety of this well-traveled bridge.”

 “We are pleased the safety and transportation needs are being met for those area residents,” said Leicester Selectman Doug Belanger.

The Municipal Small Bridge Program was established to assist communities with replacing or preserving bridges with spans between 10 and 20 feet that not eligible for federal aid under existing programs.  Municipalities may qualify for up to $500,000 per year to support small bridge projects.  For additional information, please click below.

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