AUBURN, Mass. - State Sen. Michael Moore (D-Millbury) has announced his successful Auburn amendment to the Transportation Bond Bill, which allocates $1.6 million for Auburn Industrial Park Access.
This initiative would ensure that specific infrastructure projects will be completed. The town of Auburn has determined the projects that will be most beneficial to both residents and businesses.
“I’m proud to play a part in addressing one of Auburn’s most urgent infrastructure needs,” Moore said. “This project is a critical component to job growth and continued economic development for Auburns’ citizens.”
This funding would allow Auburn to go forward with their plans to replace the culverts under Sword Street, which is the primary access and egress to Auburn Industrial Park.
By replacing the existing corrugated metal pipes with contemporary concrete box culverts, Moore said the “likelihood of collapse is greatly reduced.”
Moore said that the Auburn Industrial Park is “vitally important to Auburn because of their contributions to the tax base and as a major employment center.”
The Industrial Park is home to 22 businesses with over 300 employees in 365,000 square feet of industrial space.
“Due to development patterns at the time of the park’s inception, Sword Street is the only viable access point for large trucks that carry raw materials and goods,” Moore said. “Therefore, it is crucial that Sword Street remain a viable access point.
“One of the most essential functions of government is to ensure safe and viable infrastructure for residential and business use,” Moore continued. “I’m confident this funding will go a long way towards helping both in the future.”
Because the House of Representatives also passed a previous version of the transportation bond bill, this legislation will now head to conference committee. Funding must be approved by Gov. Deval Patrick before it’s made available to the communities.