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Governor Baker, Chapter 90 Signing, April 14, 2016.jpgGovernor Charlie Baker today signed House Bill 4133, An Act Financing Improvements to Certain Municipal Roads, authorizing $200 million in Chapter 90 transportation funds for municipalities this construction season. Chapter 90 funding supports the reimbursement of every municipality in the Commonwealth for road-related construction projects and comes from general obligation bond issuances.

“Fulfilling the state’s commitment to support municipalities and grant access to critical funding for important transportation improvements across the Commonwealth has been a priority of our administration since our first day in office,” said Governor Baker. “Cities and towns count on this funding each year and we look forward to remaining a reliable partner on this issue for years to come.”

“As I have traveled across the Commonwealth meeting with local officials to discuss the most important issues facing their cities and towns, Chapter 90 is always an important part of the conversation,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “We are pleased the state will provide $200 million worth of funding that will have a direct impact on the everyday lives of everyone in Massachusetts.”

Chapter 90 reimburses cities and towns for costs incurred for eligible transportation projects. Cities and towns must submit receipts to the MassDOT Highway Division district in which they are located which verifies that the expenditures qualify for reimbursement under Chapter 90. The Highway Districts in turn submit these receipts to the Department of Transportation’s Fiscal Department which facilitates the reimbursements to cities and towns.

“Along with Unrestricted General Government Aid, Chapter 70, and various local grant programs we have supported, Chapter 90 is another critical funding source to support cities and towns across Massachusetts,” said Kristen Lepore, Secretary of the Executive Office for Administration and Finance. “We appreciate the Legislature’s timely collaboration in order to provide funding prior to this year’s construction season.”
“The Chapter 90 program has become an integral part of many municipal budgets across the state and is one more example of the Baker-Polito Administration’s commitment to all 351 cities and towns across the Commonwealth,” said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “I look forward to continuing the Administration’s collaboration with our partners in the legislature as we work together to build a stronger transportation network across the Commonwealth.”

Chapter 90 funds must be allocated to roadway projects, such as resurfacing and related work like preliminary engineering including State Aid/Consultant Design Agreements, right-of-way acquisition, shoulders, side road approaches, landscaping and tree planting, roadside drainage, structures (including bridges), sidewalks, traffic control and service facilities, street lighting (excluding operating costs), and for such other purposes as the MassDOT may specifically authorize.

Learn more about the Chapter 90 Program. A list of Chapter 90 funding by municipality is also available.

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