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Governor Patrick announces projects for Framingham and Marlborough

Posted by Your Town  November 5, 2013 03:07 PM

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Gov. Deval Patrick announced funding Tuesday for a Framingham State University building project and transportation improvements in Marlborough.

Patrick, whose administration provided $22 million for MassBay Community College’s Framingham campus, also committed to help make that project a “reality” by working with lawmakers to “fill an additional funding gap.”

Patrick announced $9.3 million for renovating and expanding Hemenway Hall at Framingham State, which will include a science lab.

The state will also spend $1.6 million for pedestrian, motor vehicle and bicycle improvements along Simarano Drive in Marlborough’s Southwest Quadrant, where TJX and Quest Diagnostics are expanding.

The administration says the Simarano Drive investments will support additional housing, a new hotel, and more dining and retail space.

In a press release, the administration also promised to “fix Framingham’s chronic traffic issue that has stunted development in downtown” by beginning construction this winter on Rte. 126 to replace the roundabout at Concord and Union Avenue.

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