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Meet Mayor Carlo DeMaria
Welcome to the City of Everett, a community committed to honoring it’s past while investing in it’s future. A desirable place to live, work, and play, Everett is home to over 50,000 residents. Everett offers a vibrant, diverse, and welcoming community boasting state-of-the-art parks, multi-cultural restaurants, and a top-rated school system. Serving as a leader in the Commonwealth and country as a leader in viable public transit Everett was one of the first communities to install dedicated bus rapid transit lanes. As Mayor, I am proud to lead such a lively community that I’m blessed to call home.
THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT OF 2021
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 is a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus bill passed by the 117th United States Congress and signed into law by President Biden on March 11, 2021.
Of the entire $1.9 trillion bill, $350 billion was allocated to state and local governments. This allocation is known as the State & Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (SLFRF). The SLFRF will enable local governments to address strategic economic and infrastructure investments and address governmental budget shortfalls. A significant difference between CARES and ARPA is that the U.S. Treasury included all government entities in the distribution of ARPA funds.
The City of Everett has been awarded a total of $47.1 million in ARP funds to be utilized across the eligible expenditure categories. This funding gives us the chance to invest in both the City and our residents. This funding will ensure that our City, and our many residents, have what they need to recover from the pandemic and help to build a stronger Everett. Supporting Everett families is the main focus of this effort. The funding will be used to assist both current and future generations of Everett residents.
To learn more about the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 and how Everett will allocate these funds, click below.
Ferry Street Reconstruction Updates
This coming Spring, the City, in partnership with MassDOT will be undertaking a $33 Million reconstruction of Ferry Street and Elm Street. This project represents a generational investment in these two corridors and is the result of many years of hard work by my Administration to secure nearly $30 Million of State and Federal funding to supplement approximately $5Million of City funds needed for the project . At the completion of this project, both Ferry and Elm Street will be in suitable condition for the next 30-50 years without the need for any major reconstruction in that time frame.
I would like to highlight just some of the improvements that will be made as part of this project:
- Full reconstruction of all pavements, sidewalks, driveway aprons, curbs and handicap ramps.
- All new drainage system that will reduce the likelihood of flooding during major storm events.
- New decorative street lighting.
- New traffic and pedestrian signals.
- Replacement of the Chelsea/Ferry Street traffic signal with a small roundabout that will reduce traffic congestion at this intersection.
- Reconstruction of Glendale Square, adding additional sidewalk space, outdoor dining space, bike lanes and trees/landscaping.
- All new water main infrastructure
- All new gas main infrastructure (this work was already completed in 2020).
As you can see, this project represents an enormous investment in Everett’s infrastructure that will serve not only today’s residents, but those generations to come.
Like all construction projects, this project will, at times, require some lane and road closures as well as other inconveniences to those who live and travel along Ferry and Elm Streets. The City and MassDOT will communicate with affected residents in advance of work being done near their property and provide means for any feedback or complaints during the construction process.
The estimated time frame to complete this work is approximately 3 years, with work beginning this upcoming April through November of 2024. While this is a long period of time, it is expected that construction will occur in segments, meaning that individual portions of the roadways will be mostly affected for only 1 year of the project. We will communicate to you a more detailed schedule as it becomes available from MassDOT and the selected contractor.
Please feel free to reach out to any member of my Administration by using the 311 system if you have any questions or concerns.