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Assistant Speaker Clark Celebrates Community Project Funding For MA-5 in FY2022 Budget

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Clark secured over $10 million in federal funding for infrastructure projects and education investments across the Fifth Congressional District 


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Assistant Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and Appropriations Committee Member Katherine Clark (MA-5) announced on Tuesday that she had secured funding for ten community projects across Massachusetts’ Fifth District in the Fiscal Year 2022 Congressional Budget, which was signed into law today. Clark’s FY22 Appropriations Community Project Funding (CPF) Requests total over $10 million and were chosen to improve everything from road and water infrastructure to college accessibility to public transit. 


“I am thrilled to announce that I have secured federal funding for ten Community Projects throughout the Fifth District in this year’s budget package. These investments are a direct response to the needs of our local community. We are improving our climate readiness through green infrastructure, investing in higher education for underserved youth, expanding accessibility for community health care services, and much more. These projects will undoubtedly improve the lives of residents in the Fifth District and the long-term welfare of our community. Democrats are listening to leaders on the ground, delivering results and rebuilding a better America for everyone.” 


A detailed list of the projects that will be funded through today’s bill signing and quotes from local leaders can be found below:


Malden Lead Line Replacement Program, City of Malden: $3,360,000

The funding will be used for accelerating the replacement of lead service lines delivering drinking water to Malden residents. In recent years, Malden has been identified as the community with the highest percentage of lead service lines in the Greater Boston Area. The City has undertaken an aggressive program to reduce the number of lead lines, but as of 2021 there are 2,076 lead lines remaining. This funding will allow the City to replace both the public and private sides of the lead service lines, removing a significant health hazard for low-income residents who cannot afford the cost of replacement themselves.


Mystic and Charles Regional Coastal Flood Interventions Project, Town of Arlington: $750,000

The funding will be used for analysis, planning, and sequencing for a coordinated set of coastal resilience strategies and interventions that together will reduce the risk of coastal flooding to nine vulnerable communities in the Boston area: Arlington, Belmont, Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Medford, and Revere.


Wellington Greenway Phase IV, City of Medford: $500,000

The funding will be used for the construction of the final phase (Phase IV) of the Wellington Greenway, which is part of a 10-mile continuous waterfront path and park system along the Mystic and Malden Rivers, providing a regional active transportation and recreation system for residents, employees, and visitors. Phase IV is a 0.3-mile shared-use path along the Malden River in Medford and the Wellington MBTA Rapid Transit Station. This project will create equitable access to safe, off-road walking and biking corridors for surrounding environmental justice communities while mitigating the traffic impacts of the increased residential and commercial development in the area.


Patrick Herron, Executive Director, Mystic River Watershed Association: “What a joy to see the range of projects funded through the leadership of Congresswoman Clark,” said “From managing coastal flooding in the Lower Mystic River communities to completing a key connection in a regional Greenways network along the Malden River, to designing a climate-resilient park in Woburn, these investments will make our communities safer, more livable, and more beautiful.”


Wonderland Multimodal Connector, Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT): $4,000,000

The funding will be used for planning and design for a new commuter rail platform and multimodal transportation connector in the City of Revere, linking the Newburyport/Rockport commuter rail line to the MBTA Blue Line. This project has key benefits not only for the City of Revere, but for the entire region. Creating greater regional and local transportation access would alleviate regional congestion for commuters into the City of Boston and local congestion along Route 1A. The project will also increase connectivity for the environmental justice and low-income communities of Revere, East Boston, Chelsea, and Winthrop to major transit hubs.


Revere Mayor Brian Arrigo: “The transformative funding for planning and design of the Wonderland Multimodal Connector is a testament to our city’s indispensable partnerships at the federal level. Assistant Speaker Clark, while a new resident in our city, has been a staunch advocate for our community since coming into office. These $4,000,000 will help us initiate a project that would strengthen many of the aspects of our community that make us attractive to working families and vital to the region’s economy. Building the Wonderland Multimodal Connector will be a major advancement of our transit, environmental, and social justice goals. I look forward to continuing to work with Assistant Speaker Clark and our other state and federal partners as we plan this major investment in the future of our city.”

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