Municipal Road and Bridge Funding Bill on Governor’s Desk

The House and Senate have finalized a $200 million bond authorization to help finance municipal road and bridge projects under the state’s Chapter 90 program. State Representative Will Crocker, R-Centerville, supported the bill, which will provide $2,002,449 to Barnstable and $847,459 to Yarmouth.

Municipal road and bridge funding bill on Governor’s desk

 

BOSTON – The House and Senate have finalized a $200 million bond authorization to help finance municipal road and bridge projects under the state’s Chapter 90 program.

State Representative Will Crocker, R-Centerville, supported the bill, which will provide $2,002,449 to Barnstable and $847,459 to Yarmouth.  Approved unanimously by both the House and the Senate on April 26, the bond bill is now on Governor Baker’s desk awaiting his signature.

“As a former Barnstable Town Councilor and former chairman of the roads committee, I know how important this funding is and I know that Barnstable and Yarmouth depend on it each year,” said Representative Crocker, who noted that the funding will be released after the Governor signs the bill.

The House initially approved a Chapter 90 bond bill on April 5, while the Senate passed its own version on April 11.  A conference committee appointed to reconcile the differences between the two bills came to an agreement on the $200 million spending plan just hours before it was voted on by both legislative branches.

Established in 1973, the Chapter 90 program 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.

Governor Baker has until May 6 to sign the bond bill into law.