(Editor’s Note: The following info updates a press release issued this week by State Representative Donald Wong [R-Saugus]).
BOSTON – State Representative Donald H. Wong (R-Saugus) recently supported legislation to provide Saugus with $638,779 in road and bridge funding for Fiscal Year 2022 under the state’s Chapter 90 program.
Massachusetts House of Representatives Bill 3903, An Act financing improvements to municipal roads and bridges, authorizes a total of $200 million in Chapter 90 spending, along with $75 million in additional transportation infrastructure funding for projects across the state. On June 22, the House passed H.3903, 160-0. On June 28, the Massachusetts Senate’s Ways and Means Committee recommended that the Senate pass the bill with an amendment.
Established by the Legislature in 1973, the Chapter 90 program uses a distribution formula based on a community’s population, employment and total road miles to allocate funding to cities and towns on an annual basis. It is a 100 percent reimbursable program that provides state funding assistance to municipalities for capital improvements, such as highway construction, preservation and improvement projects, including road resurfacing and related work, such as sidewalks, traffic control measures and roadside drainage.
Representative Wong said House Bill 3903 also increases funding for three additional transportation infrastructure accounts within the Massachusetts Department of Transportation that were funded in a comprehensive transportation bond bill signed into law on January 15. This includes a $25 million increase for the municipal small bridge program, which helps fund construction, repairs and improvements for non-federally aided bridges, bringing the total appropriation to $95 million; a $25 million increase in grants to municipalities for the prioritization and enhancement of mass transit by bus, doubling the program’s appropriation to $50 million; and a $25 million increase in grants to municipalities for local projects that increase access to mass transit and commuter rail stations, bringing the total appropriation to $50 million.