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Contract awarded to rebuild 4 South Coast bridges, move will help facilitate commuter rail

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NEW BEDFORD, Massachusetts — State officials are announcing another step toward bringing commuter rail to the South Coast region of Massachusetts.

Gov. Deval Patrick and acting transportation secretary Frank DePaola (Dee-POH'-la) said Monday it was awarding a $42 million contract to Cardi Corporation to replace three rail bridges in Fall River and one in New Bedford.

Patrick says the new bridges will help facilitate construction of South Coast rail.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation earlier announced a $210 million contract for the early stages of the project, including design development and environmental permitting.

The governor says South Coast residents have been waiting decades for a reliable transit system that connects the region to Boston.

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