The Patrick Administration has authorized the release of an additional $50 million for the Fiscal Year 2014 Chapter 90 program, increasing the state’s investment in local road and bridges projects across the Commonwealth to a historic $200 million.
In letters this week to all 351 cities and towns, MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey details the additional allotments for each community. MassDOT’s May correspondence to cities and towns noted that additional funds may be possible following the final disposition of the Transportation Finance Act.
Chapter 90 is a 100 percent reimbursable program, instituted in the early 1970’s, that provides funding to municipalities for maintaining, repairing, improving and constructing town and county ways and bridges.
The Chapter 90 funding builds on the Patrick Administration’s legacy of record investments in transportation infrastructure through the Statewide Road and Bridge Program and the $3 billion Accelerated Bridge Program, the largest statewide infrastructure investment program in state history that has already reduced the number of structurally deficient bridges by almost 20% since the program began in 2008.
Earlier this year, the Legislature passed a one-year $300 million authorization for Chapter 90 pending the outcome of the transportation finance debate. The Administration then released $150 million in Chapter 90 local transportation funding for fiscal year 2014 to ensure cities and towns could get a head start on the construction season, pending the outcome of the transportation finance bill.
While the final transportation finance bill enacted by the Legislature does not provide sufficient resources to address all of the needs outlined in the Administration’s Way Forward plan, the additional $50 million in Chapter 90 funding announced today will position cities and towns to continue investing in local infrastructure projects that will help spur economic growth in their regions.
Chapter 90 allotments for each community will be posted online.
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