Bill includes funds to support municipal road repairs in Woburn
BOSTON – Senator Cindy F. Friedman (D-Arlington), Representative Rich Haggerty (D-Woburn), and Representative Michelle Ciccolo (D-Lexington) recently joined their colleagues in passing the so-called “Chapter 90” bond bill to fund local road and bridge repairs, and to continue the legislature’s ongoing commitment to invest in local communities.
The bill will provide $200 million in bond authorizations in Fiscal Year 2020 for municipal infrastructure improvements across the Commonwealth. This multiyear investment provides cities and towns with the ability to plan their construction needs in advance, giving communities access to predictable and consistent funding.
“When the winter season comes to a close, our roads and bridges across the Commonwealth are in desperate need of repair,” said Senator Friedman. “This program allows our cities and towns to fund local projects to improve our damaged infrastructure right at the start of construction season. I’m proud to have worked with my colleagues to secure funding to support these essential projects in our community.”
“This appropriation will provide Woburn with the resources it needs to repave local roadways and upgrade infrastructure,” said Representative Haggerty. “I was pleased to vote in favor of this aid to assist our communities in keeping our roads safe and complete local paving projects.”
“Money from the Chapter 90 bond bill allows cities and towns to plan a year out for the critical road maintenance that keeps Massachusetts residents moving smoothly throughout our Commonwealth,” said Representative Ciccolo. “While we as state legislators have much urgent work to do on transportation infrastructure, maintaining our commitment to providing predictable assistance to communities for the upkeep of their streets is simply the right thing to do.”
Chapter 90 funds are allocated using a longstanding formula based on community road miles, population, and employment. The expected apportionment for the City of Woburn is $1,268,029.
Following final approval by the Senate, the Governor signed the bill into law on June 6, 2019.