Town Manager James McKenna hailed the state Transportation Bond Bill as great news for Winthrop with the inclusion of (potentially) $2.25 million for improvements to the Winthrop Street Corridor and $500,000 for “Winthrop Walk,” a scenic pedestrian and bicycle path along Belle Isle Marsh that would link with Short Beach.
McKenna praised Speaker Robert A. DeLeo for his efforts in making sure that Winthrop’s two major projects would be considered for the Chapter 90 funding that helps communities such as Winthrop complete street and infrastructure improvements. The first phase of the Winthrop Street Corridor project would include road, sidewalk, drainage, and lighting improvements to the area of Winthrop from Washington Street down Winthrop Street to Magee’s Corner and continuing to Revere Street and Crest Avenue.
“The Speaker has done a tremendous thing for Winthrop and we’re thrilled,” said McKenna.
The Bond Bill is the first step in the process for those projects moving forward, although there is still much planning and engineering to be done.