Governor Deval Patrick today joined Representative James Cantwell, town officials and members of the Marshfield and South Shore Chambers of Commerce to break ground on the Route 139 widening project.
Currently, the one mile stretch of Route 139 between School Street and Furnace Street narrows to one travel lane in each direction. The $4.1 million project now under way will widen the roadway to two lanes in each direction. Additionally, a traffic signal will be installed at a newly configured intersection of Route 139 and Enterprise Drive.
"This project will alleviate congestion in Marshfield and provide businesses with new opportunities to grow and to thrive," said Governor Patrick. "Our Administration is committed to infrastructure improvements just like this one, to catalyze private development and boost job growth for the region."
"This infrastructure project is one that addresses a long-standing traffic issue, meets regional economic development needs and is sustaining several dozen construction jobs," said Richard Davey, Secretary of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. "As the construction season begins to ramp up, we look forward to even more projects that meet these same goals."
Aside from widening the roadway, this project seeks to allow for improved turning movements and will also include sidewalks on both sides of the roadway. Project completion is scheduled for summer 2014.
"I have supported the widening of Route 139 since my first day in the Legislature and I am very happy to see that the project will finally become a reality," said Senator Robert Hedlund. "I believe the project will stimulate sustainable growth in a manner consistent with the community's planning principles."
"I applaud the Patrick-Murray Administration for making this project a priority," said Representative Cantwell. "For a relatively small transportation investment, the benefits of this project for Marshfield are tremendous. Once complete this project is estimated to result in 900 new permanent jobs being located in a commerce park that has historically been challenged by transportation access. In addition, the Route 139 project will lead to dramatic improvement to traffic flow, benefitting the town's collective quality of life and enhancing public safety for the region."
"The South Shore Chamber is excited about this project. This is one of several projects the Administration has backed to build a stronger regional economy," said Peter Forman, President and CEO of the South Shore Chamber of Commerce. "This project, while short at only about one mile, has a significant regional impact because it opens up commercial land in the Route 3 corridor in the South Shore."
"Expanding this major artery in Marshfield will truly serve to free up the life blood of economic development for the town and the region," said Chris White, President of the Marshfield Chamber of Commerce. "We're grateful for the efforts of Governor Patrick and Representative Cantwell for making this happen."
"This is the area where the traffic bottleneck has become a significant traffic issue, either for cars turning into and out of Enterprise Park or to local businesses along Route 139," said Marshfield Selectman Matt McDonough. "We're looking forward to the expansion of this roadway and we're hoping to encourage even more businesses to invest in Marshfield."