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Conway, Deerfield receive nearly $2 million for infrastructure projects

Two southern Franklin County towns has received almost $2 million from the state for road and infrastructure improvements.

Conway was awarded $997,521 to support public safety improvements and to create handicapped accessibility at the public park area behind the Town Hall. The project will complement $870,000 contributed by the town.

Deerfield received $952,463 for repairs along River Road. The grant would be used for the removal of debris and reconstructing the existing drainage system. The grant will match $100,000 provided by the town.

The funding comes from the MassWorks Infrastructure Program, which awarded 33 infrastructure grants totaling $79 million this year to support housing, economic development and road safety in communities across the state.

Behind the Conway grant was the Parks, Recreation and Trail Committee, which recognized water and drainage issues at the town park, which holds the Festival of the Hills annually but also contains a ball field, play structure and tennis court.

In May 2012, the town approved $90,000 for design and permitting of the project. The grant would address drainage, parking and handicapped accessibility.

First off, the grant would be used to redirect runoff from the field to the town’s storm drain system to minimize flooding, said Dave Beaudet, chairman of the Parks, Recreation and Trails Committee.

Second, sloped ramps would be created to enhance handicapped accessibility to the park.

Lastly, the funding would be used to create a safer parking area. Currently, the driveway is at a sharp angle to Route 116 and creates a dangerous situation when cars exit, Beaudet said.

The grant should support the costs of the project, Beaudet said.

In Deerfield, River Road has been plagued with pavement failure and cracking for 15 years. The grant would be used to repair the pavement and cracks and drainage issues along the road, according to Executive Assistant Kayce Warren.

Last year, Weston and Sampson evaluated the road and recommended repairs in two sections of the road be made. The road is significant because it serves as a secondary route for Interstate 91 traffic.

A 340-foot section of the road by the intersection of Beaver Drive and a 260-foot section north of Beaver Road would be addressed.

Work on the road is likely to begin in 2014.

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