Senate Passes Local Infrastructure Funding Bill

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS
MASSACHUSETTS SENATE
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON 02133

Senator Joan B. Lovely
State Senator
2nd Essex District

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

May 23, 2019

Senate Passes Local Infrastructure Funding Bill

Legislation provides $200M to support municipal road repairs

BOSTON – Today, the Massachusetts Senate passed the so-called “Chapter 90” bond bill to fund local road and bridge repairs, and to continue the legislature’s ongoing commitment to invest in local communities.  The bill will provide $200 million in Fiscal Year 2020 for municipal infrastructure improvements across the Commonwealth. 

“Cities and towns need Chapter 90 funding to make vital infrastructure improvements,” said State Senator Joan B. Lovely. “Municipalities will use these resources to make local roadways more reliable and safer for residents and commuters alike.”

Communities within the Second Essex district are expected to receive the following apportionments:

  • Beverly-$1,046,423
  • Danvers-$894,936
  • Peabody-$1,248,141
  • Salem-$849,063
  • Topsfield-$264,785

“Chapter 90 funds help keep the Commonwealth moving by providing direct assistance to our cities and towns for essential repairs and roadway projects,” said Senate President Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland).

“This funding is crucial for communities across the state; construction season has begun and cities and towns need to address their current transportation needs and projects,” said Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R- Gloucester).  “Maintaining the safety and repair of local roads and bridges is a priority for the Senate and it provides an economic boost to the Commonwealth.”

Chapter 90 funds are allocated using a longstanding formula based on community road miles, population and employment.  The bill will now move to the House of Representatives for enactment before returning to the Senate for final approval and then sent to the Governor for their signature.  To continue tracking the bill, H.69, visit the legislature’s website, www.malegislature.gov.

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