BOSTON – State Representative Will Crocker, R-Centerville, is supporting legislation that will provide $2,848,527 in funding assistance to the towns of Barnstable and Yarmouth for local road and bridge repairs under the state’s Chapter 90 program.
The money was included in a $200 million bond authorization approved unanimously by the House of Representatives on May 8 by a vote of 156-0.
“As a former Barnstable Town Councilor and Chairman of the Roads Committee, I’m pleased to report that the House has taken the steps to ensure that our towns will have additional financial resources available to maintain local roads and bridges,” said Representative Crocker. “The funding contained in this bond bill will help both communities in my district address some of their most critical infrastructure needs.” The town of Barnstable is set to receive $2,002,945, while Yarmouth will receive $845,582.
The state’s Chapter 90 program was established in 1973, and allocates funding on an annual basis to cities and towns using a formula based on the weighted average of a municipality’s population, employment, and total road miles. The funds are paid out as reimbursements to communities for qualifying infrastructure work.
Chapter 90 funds can be spent on a variety of municipal roadway projects, including resurfacing, drainage, sidewalks, guardrails, traffic control, right-of-way acquisition and street lighting. The funding can also be used for bikeways, landscaping and tree planting associated with certain projects, and for purchasing and maintaining certain road building machinery, equipment and tools.
The bond bill now heads to the Senate for further action.