The state Department of Transportation has received approval from the Federal Highway Administration to go ahead with East Arlington’s Mass. Ave. Corridor Project and put it out to bid, according to a Monday release from the town.
The state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) advertised the project for construction bids on Sept. 21, with a bid closing date in January.
Construction is expected to begin during the 2014 construction season and last through two construction seasons, according to the town. More construction details will be available once MassDOT has selected a contractor, according to the town.
The hotly-debated project, which is expected to cost about $6.8 million, will be 80 percent federally funded, 20 percent state. The town and MassDOT have backed the project for since the beginning, so Federal Highway coming on board was the last hurdle.
In the coming months, MassDOT will work with the town to develop a communication plan to inform property and business owners of anticipated impacts of the project, according to the town.
Additional information can be found on MassDOT’s website (select “Arlington” from the drop-down menu and search for Project No. 604687.
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