State Rep. Will Crocker (R-Centerville) said the town of Barnstable is scheduled to receive $1,994,921 and the town of Yarmouth is scheduled to receive $842,826 in FY 21 road and bridge funding under the state’s Chapter 90 program.
The funding was included as part of a $200 million statewide bond authorization approved by the House of Representatives by a vote of 159-0 on June 30. House Bill 4803, an act financing improvements to municipal roads and bridges, is expected to reach Gov. Baker’s desk this week following a final enactment vote in the Senate on July 2.
Established by the Legislature in 1973, the Chapter 90 program allocates funding to cities and towns on an annual basis, using a formula that is based on a weighted average of a community’s population, employment and total road miles. It is a 100-percent reimbursable program that provides funding assistance for municipalities to carry out roadway construction, renovation and improvement projects.
Chapter 90 funding can be used for a variety of purposes, including road resurfacing, sidewalks, street lighting, traffic control measures, and roadside drainage, Crocker said. Municipalities can also use the money for the purchase, replacement and long-term lease of road building machinery, equipment and tools.
On a related note, state and federal officials are expected to sign an agreement this week that will make the Massachusetts Department of Transportation the lead agency for the replacement of the Bourne and Sagamore bridges.
Officials from MassDOT and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the latter of which owns the bridges, are scheduled to meet virtually on Tuesday to sign a memorandum of understanding laying out how the two agencies will work together to build two new automobile bridges over the Cape Cod Canal.
A notice sent to town officials on Friday also indicates that the Corps plans to transfer ownership of the bridges to the state. In the past, two agencies have talked about divesting the bridges after construction.