Bill to Fund Local Road Projects Passes The House

Submitted by Representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford)

State Representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford) Courtesy image (c) all rights reserved

Representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford) joined with his fellow Representatives to pass legislation that authorizes $200 million for Chapter 90 funding to help municipalities complete road, bridge, and infrastructure improvement projects, of which Bedford will receive $621,590.36.

The bill also appropriates $70 million to replace the Registry of Motor Vehicle’s information technology infrastructure. This new system will allow more online transactions and improve service delivery.

“After attending hearings on this bill both on the Joint Committee on Transportation and the House Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures, and State Assets, I am proud that we acted quickly and efficiently and provided funding that we expect the governor will support and sign in short order,” said Rep. Gordon.

“Chapter 90 funds are essential to providing stability and spurring economic growth in Massachusetts,” House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo (D-Winthrop) said. “That growth starts on the local level. I am pleased we were able to take action on this bill before April to support safety and efficiency in our municipalities.”

“Today’s vote will ensure that local transportation projects will continue to move forward as the busy construction season gets under way,” said Representative Brian S. Dempsey (D-Haverhill), Chair of the Joint Committee on Ways & Means.   “These funds are a vital source of local aid and demonstrate the House’s ongoing commitment to deliver needed resources to our partners at the municipal level.”

“This funding is instrumental to cities and towns seeking to make repairs and updates to their infrastructure,” said Representative William Straus (D–Mattapoisett), Chair of the Joint Committee on Transportation. “The winter weather is especially tough on roads, and The Legislature’s $200M appropriation will allow municipalities added funds this construction season for repairs that are most needed.”

This legislation complements a 2016 transportation law focused on highways, small bridges, and a municipal grant program. That bill authorized $750 million for both federal-aid interstate and non-interstate highway projects and $50 million for a new program to repair small bridges.

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