Representative Lenny Mirra announces $3,158,561 in road and bridge funding for Boxford, Georgetown, Groveland, Haverhill, Merrimac, Newbury, and West Newbury
The money was included in a $200 million bond authorization approved unanimously by the House of Representatives on April 5. The bond bill must still be approved by the Senate and signed by Governor Charlie Baker before the funding is finalized.
“It’s great to see the House take steps to secure additional resources to maintain our local infrastructure,” said Representative Mirra. “The funding contained in this bond bill will help us address some of our communities’ most pressing transportation needs.”
The state’s Chapter 90 program was established in 1973, and allocates funding on an annual basis to cities and towns using a formula based on the weighted average of a municipality’s population, employment, and total road miles. The funds are paid out as reimbursements to communities for qualifying infrastructure work.
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.