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Regional agency approves transportation plan

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Regional planning officials recently signed off on a four-year transportation improvement program that prioritizes federal funding for road and bridge projects, many of which are designed to relieve congestion and improve safety in local communities including Southborough, Wayland, Medway and Brookline.

The plan also targets funding for several ongoing, multi-year projects such as bridge replacements along Route 128 in Needham and Wellesley, repaving along Interstate 495 in Wrentham and Franklin, and the reconstruction of a Route 2 intersection in Concord and Lincoln.

The Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization, which makes decisions on how federal transportation dollars are spent in the region, voted last week to include money for the projects in its Transportation Improvement Program for 2014-2017. The plan still needs final approval from the Federal Highway Administration and is subject to availability of federal dollars.

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