Cite long-overdue improvements to Route 1 corridor
mayor dan rizzo has joined Saugus Town Manager Scott Crabtree and Malden Mayor Gary Christenson in their announcement of a joint effort to urge the state to prioritize the long-awaited Route 1 Transportation Improvement Project (TIP) from the southern end of Route 1 from Copeland Circle to the junction of Route 99 in Saugus.
In a recent letter to state officials, the three communities asked that the project continue with the progress made to date and a renewed focus in including it in the new five-year plan for transportation spending in Greater Boston that is being developed by the Boston Metropolitan Regional Planning Organization for 2014-2017.
A state transportation bill previously authorized $10 million for the plan, but the state must still allot funding to complete two critical activities: 1) Final Design & Permitting of the complete Route 1 Project; and 2) Construction of an early action project to improve safety and traffic congestion at the Route 1 / Route 99 intersection.
Crabtree co-signed the letter with Mayors Gary Christenson of Malden and Daniel Rizzo of Revere. “We are certain many other surrounding communities share our belief that the current state of inadequacy on this ancient and outmoded roadway not only adds to commuter delays and reduction of air quality, but is far and away the biggest impediment to economic growth in the corridor stretching from the Chelsea/Revere line to Route 95 in Peabody and beyond,” the officials wrote.
Every year each region must prepare and update its TIP program, which is a staged multi-year program of capital improvements that reflect the needs of the regional transportation system.