May 14, 2019 BOSTON – State Representative David K. Muradian, Jr., R-Grafton, is supporting legislation that will provide $1,284,154 in funding assistance to the 9th Worcester District 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.
The 9th Worcester District is expected to receive the following funding:
- Grafton: $498,523
- Northbridge: $469,343
- Upton: $316,288
“I’m proud to support this bond bill, which will provide additional financial resources for the 9th Worcester District to address some of its most pressing transportation infrastructure needs,” said Representative Muradian.
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.