Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed House Bill 3187 on Thursday, approving an additional $200 million in Chapter 90 funding for municipalities' infrastructure needs.
Funding to fix roads, bridges and other transportation infrastructure now totals $300 million, with an additional $30 million set aside exclusively for winter-related pothole repairs and paving projects.
Chapter 90 bond issuances are used to reimburse municipalities for transportation projects that fall within the guidelines of eligibility. On the first day of Baker's administration in January, $100 million in Chapter 90 funds was released to address weather damage from an unexpectedly intense winter season.
“As we continue to build strong partnerships with our cities and towns in every corner of the commonwealth, we are glad to release additional funds to municipalities to assist with local construction projects and boost recovery efforts after an unprecedented winter,” Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito said. “I look forward to proceeding with my statewide tour to visit with local officials to talk about the important issues facing our cities and towns as we work collaboratively toward a stronger state for all families and communities.”
In announcing the additional funding, Baker said his administration is committed to addressing transportation funding needs, especially after winter damage.