This morning, the City of Fitchburg was honored to attend the One Stop for Growth Awards event with Governor Healey, Lt. Governor Driscoll, and administration officials to receive a $450,000 Massworks Design Grant from the Commonwealth. These funds will pay for the design work for the Moran Square Improvement Project. Moran Square is a heavily traveled intersection and gateway to downtown where Main Street, Summer Street, Lunenburg Street, Myrtle Avenue, and Sawyer Passway intersect.
The Project design will look to reconfigure the intersection for safer vehicular and pedestrian use, upgrade sidewalks and crosswalks and support the connection of the Twin Cities Rail Trail terminus with Main Street. The final construction project will include upgrading water and wastewater infrastructure, specifically the replacement of aged water line and sewer pipe relining to support the on-going growth of the area. The funding will be combined with the FY2024 State earmark of $125,000, received through Representative Kushmerek’s office to improve storm-water management including potential green infrastructure, as this intersection has experienced recent flooding during extreme rain events.
“This long overdue funding positions the city, in a future round of grants, to receive a Massworks construction grant to implement this design. With the increased development in downtown, and the significant flood events we continue to experience this project is desperately needed,” said Mayor Stephen L. DiNatale.