Construction Industries of Massachusetts (CIM) extends its appreciation to Governor Patrick, Senate President Therese Murray and House Speaker Robert DeLeo for the passage of the $200 million Chapter 90 legislation. The bill, enacted by the House & Senate last week and signed by the Governor on Monday, provides much needed funds for road and bridge projects in every community across the Commonwealth and does so in time for municipalities to take advantage of this construction season.
The $45 million increase over last year’s allocation comes at a time when our infrastructure has weathered a very tough winter, as witnessed by the rough road conditions across the state. It also comes at a time when the construction industry is facing 30% unemployment. The dual benefit of improving our roads & bridges and creating immediate jobs cannot be overlooked.
Based on various employment estimates and analysis, the $200 million investment in local road and bridge projects will support over 5,500 jobs (over 8,000 if you include supported industries such as quarries, concrete plants and engineering firms). So not only does this investment result in improved transportation infrastructure (which directly impacts safety, the environment and economic growth), but it also supports a significant number of immediate homegrown jobs. A win-win indeed.
Again, thank you to the Administration and Legislature.
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