UPDATED, May 4: The Chapter 90 bond bill that the Legislature passed authorizes funding for road and bridge repairs for fiscal 2019, making $788,000 available through MassDOT beginning July 1, and Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine expects that the money will be available to the town "very soon."
In response to question from YourArlington, the manager wrote Friday, May 4: "Now that the governor has signed the Chapter 90 bill, I would expect that the funds will be available to the town very soon. Year to year, the timing of the availability of the funds has differed dependent on when the Legislature passes the bill and then when the governor signs it. We always hope that it is passed and available for the start of construction season, but that has not always been the case."
Chapter 90 money, combined with funding from the town's capital budget is programmed to go toward the following projects for 2018:
Planned roadway work >>
Planned sidewalk work >>
On Thursday, April 26, the General Court passed the fiscal 2019 Chapter 90 bond bill, funding local road and bridge repairs and continuing the Legislature's commitment to supporting cities and towns. The bill will provide a $200 million investment of funds over the next year for infrastructure improvements across the Commonwealth.
State Chapter 90 funds are allocated using a longstanding formula based on community road miles, population and employment. The expected share for Arlington is $788,803.
This program is an essential tool that allows municipalities to fund local projects to make any necessary repairs to roads and bridges right at the start of construction season. I'm proud to have secured funding to support these infrastructure improvements in Arlington," Sen. Cindy Friedman, Democrat of Arlington, said in a May 1 news release.
The legislation authorizes $200 million each year for the next three years for infrastructure improvements in municipalities across the Commonwealth. This multiyear investment provides cities and towns with the ability to plan their construction needs in advance, giving communities access to predictable and consistent funding.
"This program is an essential tool that allows municipalities to fund local projects to make much needed repairs to damaged roads and bridges right at the start of construction season. I’m proud to have secured funding to support these essential projects in Arlington that will make substantial improvements to the town's infrastructure and enhance the quality of life for our residents," Friedman said in an April 12 news release.
This news announcement was published Thursday, April 12, 2018, and updated May 4.
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