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WRAP Funds Will Fix A Street In Desperate Need Of Repair

Apr 06, 2015 05:25PM ● By Bill Gilman

Only the residents of State Street have a true appreciation for just exactly how bad the condition of the street is. That's because they are, as a general rule, the only ones who drive on it.

But only because they have to.

So it's little wonder State Street is at the top of DPW Superintendent Brian Gilbert's road repair priority list. 

State Street will get a much needed face lift next month, thanks to $138,278 in state road and bridge repair assistance Tewksbury has received from the state as part of the Winter Recovery Assistance Program (WRAP).

"Have you driven down there (on State Street)?" Gilbert asked. "It needs a lot of work."

Repair work will address potholes, cracks and crumbling along the shoulders. There is a chance, depending on pricing, that State Street could be completely repaved. Gilbert said work should begin in mid to late May.

Tewksbury's WRAP money is part of $30 million in Ch. 90 funds released by the state to help communities repair some of the damage done by an historically harsh winter.

Gov. Charlie Baker recently announced an increase in Ch. 90 funding which increased Tewksbury's allocation in FY 2015 from $921,854 to $1,382,781.Gilbert says he is not clear whether the WRAP funds are part of that allocation or are on top of that.

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