9th Worcester District to receive $1,284,154 in road and bridge funding
May 30th 2019 BOSTON – State Representative David K. Muradian, Jr., R-Grafton has announced that the 9th Worcester District is one step closer to receiving $1,284,154 for local road and bridge repairs as part of a multi-million dollar bond bill approved by the House of Representatives.
House Bill 69, An Act financing improvements to municipal roads and bridges, provides for $200 million in Chapter 90 funding reimbursement for cities and towns for Fiscal Year 2020. The bill was enacted by the House of Representatives on a vote of 152-0 on May 29, with support from Representative Muradian, who also voted to engross the bill when it initially passed the House on May 8.
Established by the Legislature in 1973, the Chapter 90 program allocates funding on an annual basis to cities and towns through a formula that is based on the weighted average of a municipality’s population, employment, and total road miles. The money is paid out as reimbursements to communities for qualifying infrastructure work.
The 9th Worcester District is expected to receive the following funding:
- Grafton: $498,523
- Northbridge: $469,343
- Upton: $316,288
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 Chapter 90 bond bill now requires a final enactment vote in the Senate before it can be sent to Governor Charlie Baker for his signature. The Senate is expected to take this vote on May 30