Mayor DePeña Welcomes Congresswoman Trahan to Discuss Fixing Bridges in Lawrence

Lawrence Mayor Brian DePeña, alongside other elected officials, welcomed Congresswoman Lori Trahan to Lawrence City Hall, for a very productive meeting to discuss Lawrence’s infrastructure priorities and projects, in particular the bridges in Lawrence that are in serious disrepair.

Consequently, Congresswoman Trahan says she is committed to ensuring these projects in Lawrence receive funding support.
“All bridges are critical components of a nation’s infrastructure, making it possible to carry goods to factories, warehouses, suppliers, and businesses,” Mayor DePeña said.

“When a bridge closes, even for a short time, economic activity slows and greatly affects people’s way of life. I’m very excited to work hand in hand with Congresswoman Lori Trahan, State Senator Pavel Payano, the State Delegation, City Counselors, and the Department of Public Works (DPW) to keep working for our great City of Lawrence and give it back to the people!”

Congresswoman Trahan said she was grateful to Mayor DePeña for the opportunity to discuss the long-needed repairs to bridges in Lawrence.

“Strengthening our infrastructure and making our bridges safer for every family that drives across them has been a priority for me in Congress,” Trahan said.

“We have delivered millions in infrastructure funding through the American Rescue Plan and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to communities across the Third District. I will continue to work closely with Mayor DePeña and our colleagues on Beacon Hill to advocate for the resources necessary to get Lawrence’s infrastructure projects across the finish line,” she committed.

“In a city divided by three rivers and connected by multiple bridges, proper maintenance is of paramount importance to ensure the safety of its citizens, as well as to safeguard the historical significance of these vital transportation links that contribute to the city’s identity and economy,” State Senator Pavel Payano said.

“Congresswoman Trahan’s visit to Lawrence underscores the urgency of the situation and highlights the need for cooperation between federal, state, and local officials to address the issue.”

Payano said his office is committed securing the money needed to make bridge repairs possible, and make sure the safety of the community is a top priority for the state.

The past year, State Representative Frank Moran ensured and committed $3 million for Lawrence bridge repairs in the FY23 climate change bill. This funding will provide necessary safety improvements to Lawrence’s aging infrastructure use.

“Ensuring that our city’s drivers and pedestrians are safe from crumbling bridges and infrastructure is of the utmost importance,” Moran said.

“I am proud to have recently secured the $3 million in funding to repair and upkeep four bridges in Lawrence,” said State Representative Frank Moran.

Representative Estela Reyes thanked Congresswoman Trahan for her ongoing partnership with the state Legislature and committed to working with Trahan in the months ahead to make sure Lawrence residents “are provided with the transportation infrastructure that they deserve.”

“Working together to improve our community, the quality of our roads and bridges is our number one priority, she added. “It’s the only way to continue growing and moving our Lawrence Community forward.”

Meeting with Trahan were Mayor DePeña, State Senator Pavel Payano, State Representatives Francisco Paulino and Estela Reyes, Department of Public Works (DPW) Director Jorge Jaime, City Council President Marc Laplante and members of the City Council. ◊