BOSTON – At an event at the State House on Monday, Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash announced that the Town of Shirley has been awarded a MassWorks grant.
The event, which focused on rural and small-town MassWorks grantees, was also attended by Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. Representing the Town of Shirley were Selectmen Kendra Dumont and Robert Prescott, and Town Administrator Patrice Garvin.
The grant of $725,000, is for the repair of the Main Street Bridge in Shirley. The bridge is heavily trafficked due to its location in the center of town, and crossing it is necessary to access town buildings (including the town Fire Department and Post Office) as well as the MBTA commuter rail station. The bridge, which has been in dire need of repair for many years, is the only route in the area that allows traffic to cross the Catacunemaug Brook, which divides the town center.
“I am thrilled that Shirley was awarded this grant,” said State Representative Jennifer Benson. “I was happy to write a letter of support for their application, and I know these funds will be put to good use repairing the bridge’s structure, sidewalks, retaining walls, and drainage system.”
The Main Street Bridge is listed on the State Register of Historic Places. Substantial repairs have not been made for over 100 years. With these funds, the town will be able to make the necessary repairs to ensure that the bridge is safe for both drivers and pedestrians.
“I’m very pleased that Shirley received this important grant,” said State Senator Jamie Eldridge. “I was happy to send a letter of support to the state’s Housing and Economic Development agency on their behalf, and look forward to seeing the infrastructure improvements in our community.”
“It was an honor to be at the State House today to receive this grant from Secretary Ash,” said Kendra Dumont, Chair of the Shirley Board of Selectmen. “Our Town Administrator, Patrice Garvin, as well as our DPW Foreman Paul Farrar, and his assistant Pam Callahan, deserve a lot of credit for putting together the application and advocating for these funds over the years.”
The funds awarded to the Town of Shirley were appropriated as part of the economic development bill passed by the Legislature and signed into law by the Governor in August.