April 8th 2015 Boston- Representative David K. Muradian, Jr. (R-Grafton) is pleased to announce that the Ninth Worcester District will receive almost $1.3 million dollars for road and bridge repairs as part of a $200 million Chapter 90 bond authorization approved by the House of Representatives today.
“Chapter 90 funding is critical for maintaining the transportation infrastructure of our cities and towns,” said Representative Muradian, who serves on the Joint Committee on Transportation. “The money the House approved today will go a long way towards addressing needed repairs on Grafton, Northbridge and Upton roadways and making them safer for motorists as well as pedestrians.”
The towns will now be receiving the following:
Grafton will receive $500,043.
Northbridge will receive $473,855.
Upton will receive $318,784.
The state’s Chapter 90 program allocates funding for road and bridge maintenance and repairs using a formula that is based on a weighted average of a city or town's population, employment, and total mileage of roads. The funds are paid out as reimbursements to communities for qualifying infrastructure work.
Chapter 90 funds can be used for a variety of municipal roadway projects, including resurfacing, drainage, sidewalks, traffic control and street lighting. The funding can also be used for certain road building machinery, equipment and tools.
Governor Baker previously released $100 million in Chapter 90 bond funding in January, shortly after taking office. That money, along with the $200 million approved by the House of Representatives, will be used by municipalities during the 2015 construction season, which runs from April to November.
Last month, the Baker Administration allocated an additional $30 million in bond funding to reimburse cities and towns under the Winter Recovery Assistance Program (WRAP). The WRAP program is designed to assist municipalities with the cost of repairing or replacing damaged signs, guardrails, storm drains and line striping, while also helping to pay for filling potholes, repairing cracks in pavement and addressing other road surface defects.
The Chapter 90 bond bill is expected to be enacted by the Senate today and will then be forwarded to Governor Baker for his signature.