BOSTON- Senator Sal DiDomenico recently announced that the City of Everett is set to receive $200K for the repair and reconstruction of the Market Street Storm Water culvert, an underground structure that drains 552 acres of land in Everett and Chelsea. The Market Street culvert is one of Everett’s main storm water culverts, servicing about one-third of Everett’s residents with a final destination in the Island End River in Chelsea. This funding was secured by Senator Sal DiDomenico in the Legislature’s Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) Budget.
“The restoration of the Market Street culvert carries tremendous value for Everett’s growing business community and for the future redevelopment of the surrounding land,” said Senator DiDomenico, Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. “The City of Everett has already begun doing crucial work to repair the storm water culvert, and I am pleased that this funding will assist city officials with this critical infrastructure project. I look forward to continue working with state, municipal, and federal officials alike to ensure that the Market Street culvert receives necessary funding for future repair.”
The region in which the culvert is located serves as a home to the New England Produce Center, a Northeast hub for global produce imports, and is also key to the city government’s plan to redevelop the Commercial Triangle and Lower Broadway neighborhoods. The city has plans to pursue mixed-use commercial and residential development in this area, making the restoration project of strategic importance.
“I want to thank Senator DiDomenico and Representative McGonagle for their tireless advocacy on behalf of the residents and business owners in the City of Everett. These funds will help to alleviate flooding in this area, and allow the City to continue to attract new and innovative businesses to the Commercial Triangle and Lower Broadway neighborhoods,” said Mayor Carlo DeMaria.
"Investing in the Market Street culvert is a crucial step in ensuring the health and safety of our residents,” said Representative Joe McGonagle. “I'd like to express my most sincere gratitude to Senator DiDomenico for securing funding through his legislative efforts."
These additional funds are set to complement a $2 million MassWorks Infrastructure Program grant that the city received in October 2015 for its major drainage project aimed at relieving the recurring flooding in the area, which encompasses 1,600 residences, 219 businesses, and commuter rail tracks along the Newburyport/Rockport MBTA Line.
The culvert is currently failing in multiple locations, causing flooding within the Commercial Triangle District during heavy rain periods, a problem that is exacerbated during high-tide when the culvert outfall is below water.
The restoration of the Market Street culvert will be an ongoing project that is expected to require future funding in order to advance the project’s design.