Soter Supports House Passage of Chapter 90 Bond BillJun 28, 2021 06:00AM ● By Pamela Johnson
The amount that each town received was level-funded with the amounts allocated in FY2021. The FY2022 breakdown for each town is as follows: Bellingham, $538,440; Blackstone, $232,495; Millville, $109,030; Uxbridge, $508,120.
Established by the Legislature in 1973, the Chapter 90 program uses a distribution formula based on a community’s population, employment, and total road miles to allocate funding to cities and towns on an annual basis. It is a 100 percent reimbursable program that provides state funding assistance to municipalities for capital improvements such as highway construction, preservation and improvement projects, including road resurfacing and related work such as sidewalks, traffic control measures, and roadside drainage.
Representative Soter said House Bill 3903 also increases funding for three additional transportation infrastructure accounts within the Massachusetts Department of Transportation that were funded in a comprehensive transportation bond bill signed into law on January 15. This includes:
- a $25 million increase for the municipal small bridge program, which helps fund construction, repairs and improvements for non-federally aided bridges, bringing the total appropriation to $95 million;
- a $25 million increase in grants to municipalities for the prioritization and enhancement of mass transit by bus, doubling the program’s appropriation to $50 million; and
- a $25 million increase in grants to municipalities for local projects that increase access to mass transit and commuter rail stations, bringing the total appropriation to $50 million.
Representative Soter commented, “I was glad to see this bill swiftly pass through the House. H.3903 contains many great measures that will help to improve the infrastructure of the Commonwealth.”
House Bill 3903 in presently up for consideration in the Senate.