Thanks to a $2 Million Grant from the MassWorks Infrastructure Program, Thorndike Street will be revamped over the next few months with numerous improvements, including an additional turning lane, new traffic signals and street lights and several other safety enhancements.
On March 6th, Mayor William Samaras joined members of the city council, Lowell delegation and city staff to mark the official groundbreaking on the Thorndike Street improvement project.
“This entire corridor represents a major investment in the City of Lowell, both from our city government, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and our area businesses and institutions,” noted the Mayor. He also highlighted additional funding that is forthcoming in addition to this $2 million project and the $1.2 million in improvements to South Common last year.
- $3 Million for improvements to the Lowell Connector
- $7 Million for infrastructure in the Hamilton Canal Innovation District
- $16 Million for the redesign of the Lord Overpass.
“When these projects are completed, this area will serve as a true Gateway to the City of Lowell with the Hamilton Canal Innovation District and Historic Downtown Lowell both located a short walk, drive, or bus ride away. ”
The Lowell delegation was well represented at the groundbreaking as well. Senator Eileen Donoghue and Representative Tom Golden spoke on behalf of their colleagues and highlighted the partnerships that made these improvements possible.
Sal Lupoli who owns the nearby Thorndike Exchange development also praised the project as a major benefit for the gateway to the city. He also thanked the Lowell Regional Transit Authority for their contributions to the revitalization of the area. The LRTA is completing a major renovation of the Charles A. Gallagher Transportation Terminal.
City Engineer Nicolás Bosonetto gave an overview of the project, which will rebuild 1,115 feet of Thorndike Street from YMCA Drive to the Gallagher Station and will install new traffic signals at each of the three intersections. Work, which started on March 6th, is anticipated to be completed by June 30th, 2018 and will be done during overnight hours to minimize traffic disruption.