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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 11-07-2018

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PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | NOVEMBER 7-13, 2018 PAWTUCKET 15 project will become a driv- ing economic factor," said Grebien. The challenge, he said, will be to embrace the new economic vitality in the area while also keeping it afford- able for residents. This is about the transformation of a 150-acre area that's been underutilized. "I couldn't be more excited to break ground on this important project for Central Falls/Pawtucket and the Blackstone Valley," Diossa said. "Our residents deserve to have access to a transit center that will help connect our region to the Boston market. The development will help drive our economy, create new housing, retail, and create employment opportunities for the two cit- ies." Diossa noted that this sta- tion will also enhance edu- cational opportunities for local residents who will have easier access to regional land- marks and attractions. Construction will be led by Barletta Heavy Division, Inc., to be delivered through a design-build process expe- diting construction and navi- gating through the complexi- ties of building a new train station along the Northeast Corridor, one of the busiest stretches of passenger rail in the country. The contractor will build the new bus hub simultaneously. The budget for the project is $47 million, and includes funding from a combina- tion of sources including a competitive $13.1 million grant through the federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program and a $7 mil- lion grant from the Federal Transit Administration to RIPTA for the bus hub com- ponent. Additional Federal funds amount to $18 mil- lion, state funds $5.9 mil- lion, and the communities of Pawtucket and Central Falls are also providing funding to the project, jointly contribut- ing $3 million. Construction will begin immediately and continue for three years, said state officials, reaching substantial completion in late 2021. That window accommodates limit- ed construction time periods along Amtrak's busy rail cor- ridor, with much of the work only taking place during overnight hours when trains are not running. RIDOT expects that service would begin in the summer of 2022 after a thorough testing and commissioning period led by the MBTA to ensure smooth operations and passenger safety. The bus hub component is scheduled to open by the end of 2020. This would relocate RIPTA's bus hub from its current location on Roosevelt Avenue in Pawtucket. The project also includes construction of a Transit Emphasis Corridor, which will create dedicated bus lanes and bike lanes along Exchange Street and Goff Avenue, linking the new transit facility to the heart of downtown Pawtucket. Officials last Friday use their ceremonial shovels to kick off the $47 million TRAIN STATION PROJECT. TRAIN STATION From Page 5 Place your classified ad online at valleybreeze.adperfect.com

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