Thursday, April 14, 2016
A bill signing this afternoon in Governor Baker’s office marked an important boost for local road and bridge projects, as $200 million was approved to assist cities and towns with transportation improvements that they might not otherwise be able to address. Communities in our Senate district are scheduled to receive $6 million; the funds are distributed by a formula using road miles, total population, and employment rates.
Right now, notice of $200 million in state funding to improve those roads is on the way to city and town halls across the Commonwealth. I was pleased to be involved in this bill’s development throughout the legislative process.
With Governor Baker’s signature, An Act Financing Improvements to Certain Municipal Roads, will provide reimbursements for transportation related construction projects. Named after the section of law that governs transportation, the Chapter 90 formula supports reimbursements for qualifying projects.
The House and Senate worked collaboratively with the Baker-Polito administration to pass the bill in time for cities and towns to move forward with initiatives for the construction season.
City of Gloucester $672,157
Manchester-by-the Sea $146,204
North Andover $822,193
North Reading $510,258
West Newbury $217,033