The Town of Boxford was awarded a grant of $24,250 towards the engineering and design and permitting to replace the Culvert on Valley Road as part of the Culvert Replacement Municipal Assistance Grant. Bayside Engineering, of Woburn aided in the application process and will develop the design and bidding documents for this project.
The grants are provided by the Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Ecological Restoration (DER) and announced as part of “Climate Week,” a week highlighting Massachusetts’ efforts to prepare for and combat climate change.
This funding opportunity encourages Massachusetts communities to replace degraded, undersized culverts with better designed structures intended to meet the Massachusetts Stream Crossing Standards.
“Our administration is proud to support cities and towns across the Commonwealth as they upgrade their local infrastructure to improve storm readiness and protect the health of the Commonwealth’s natural resources,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “The grants provided through the Culvert Replacement Municipal Assistance Grant Program help ensure our state’s infrastructure can handle large rain events exacerbated by climate change.”
The Town of Boxford will conduct engineering and design and permitting for a culvert replacement on an unnamed tributary to the Parkers River. Replacing the culvert will provide passage for fish and wildlife, improve Boxford’s storm resilience by reducing flooding, and reduce maintenance cost by allowing debris to flow through the structure.
“We’re pleased our grant application efforts resulted in the Town’s financial award,” says Senior Environmental Engineer, Brian Sullivan of Bayside Engineering. “This project will not only improve the community’s infrastructure, but also provide climate change resilience.”