Woburn to Receive over $1.2 Million for Local Roadway Paving Projects

BOSTON – Wednesday, April 3, 2024 – The City of Woburn will receive $1,256,310.83 in Chapter 90 state for local roadway paving and sidewalk upgrades through a $375 million bill recently approved by the House of Representatives with the support of State Representative Richard M. Haggerty (D-Woburn).

“This significant investment in our community’s transportation needs is crucial for keeping our roads safe and reliable in our community,” said Representative Haggerty. “I’m proud to support and help secure this critical funding that will provide our community with the necessary resources to tackle local road and sidewalk improvement projects.”

The bill includes $200 million for the state’s Chapter 90 program, which provides municipalities with a funding source for transportation-related improvements, including road and bridge repairs, as well as $175 million for specific programs. The bill also appropriates $25 million for the rural roads program established in last year’s Chapter 90 legislation, which provides funding to rural communities in addition to the standard Chapter 90 distribution.

Established in 1973, the Chapter 90 program allocates funding annually to all 351 Massachusetts cities and towns, utilizing a formula that calculates the weighted average of a community’s local road mileage (58.33%), population (20.83%) and employment (20.83%). Funding is provided on a reimbursable basis, with cities and towns required to finish the work in advance before being compensated by the state for eligible costs.

This legislation authorizes $150 million in programs that will support various transportation-related projects. This includes $25 million for each of the following:

=> Municipal Pavement Program, which focuses on the improvement of municipally owned state numbered routes;

=> Municipal Small Bridge Program, which provides financial support to cities and towns for small bridge replacement, preservation, and rehabilitation projects;

=> Complete Streets Funding Program, which provides technical assistance and construction funding to municipalities for streets that provide safe and accessible options for all travel modes such as walking, biking, transit, and vehicles;

=> Municipal Bus Enhancement Program, which provides grant funding to towns to build out infrastructure related to mass transit by bus, such as bus shelters, curb reconfiguration, bus lanes, and signal prioritization;

=> Mass Transit Access Grant Program, which provides grants to municipalities for design and construction for improvements to access commuter rail stations or other mass transit stations, such as parking lots, drop-off and pick-up zones, bike storage infrastructure, and electric vehicle charging infrastructure; and

=> Municipal/RTA EV Grant Program, which provides grants to Regional Transit Authorities and municipalities for the purchase of electric vehicles and related charging equipment.

Having passed the House of Representatives 155-0, the bill now goes to the Senate for their consideration.