By Laura Hayes, Senior Community Writer
SHREWSBURY — Work on Route 20 in Shrewsbury was included in the Federal INVEST in America Act legislation, according to a press release from U.S. Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA).
Recently passed by the US House of Representatives, the legislation would send over $700 billion to various infrastructure projects across the country over five years. A portion of that money would come to Massachusetts, funding work everywhere from the Cape Cod Canal to a sidewalk project in Greenfield.
“Route 9 and Route 20 are two major corridors in the region, this project will improve a link between them and improve access to a major employment center in the region, UMass Medical South Street campus,” McGovern’s release said.
McGovern requested the project, securing $8 million to rehabilitate pavement and widen boxes on Route 20 between Route 9 and South Street. It would also construct a shared-use path on either side of Route 20.
The bill would further fund the reconstruction of a traffic light on South Street while paying for a new light on Walnut Street.
“We are grateful for the hard work and advocacy of Congressman McGovern as we work together to improve the safety and economic viability of the Route 20 corridor,” said Town Manager Kevin Mizikar in an email to the Community Advocate.