Reading Legislators Lewis, Jones & Haggerty Support Passage of Local Road Repair Funding Bill

BOSTON – In May, both the Massachusetts House of Representatives and the State Senate passed a bond bill to fund local road and bridge repairs (funding often referred to as “Chapter 90” funds), and to continue the legislature’s ongoing commitment to invest in our local communities. Senator Jason Lewis, Representative Brad Jones and Representative Rich Haggerty all supported the passage of the legislation. The bill will provide $200 million in Fiscal Year 2020 for municipal infrastructure improvements across the Commonwealth.

“Our communities need meaningful state investment into road and bridge repair, and after yet another long New England winter, we’ve all seen the rough shape of many local roads,” said Senator Jason Lewis. “This funding will improve our infrastructure and make our transportation network safer and more reliable.”

“The House and Senate are fully committed to supporting the Chapter 90 program and providing communities with the resources needed to properly maintain their local roads and bridges,” said House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. “The funding allocated through this program will allow the Town of Reading to move forward in addressing some of its most pressing transportation infrastructure needs.”

Under this bill, the Town of Reading is allocated $593,159 for the 2020 Fiscal Year.

Chapter 90 funds are allocated using a formula based on community road miles, population and employment. After passage in the Senate last week, the bill moves to the House of Representatives for enactment before returning to the Senate for final approval and then sent to the Governor for his signature.