Thursday, May 16, 2013

Rep. Wong (R-Wakefield/Saugus): House and Senate Approve Chapter 90 funds for local road projects

(BOSTON, May 10, 2013)—Representative Donald H. Wong (R-9th Essex District) has announced that the Massachusetts House of Representatives and Senate have approved the state’s Chapter 90 state transportation funding bill that will provide $300 million to cities and towns, an increase of $100 million over the previous year.  The measure is awaiting Governor Deval Patrick's signature.

The Town of Wakefield will receive $1,020,068.00 for Fiscal Year 2014, an increase of $340,023.00 over Fiscal Year 2013.

Created by the Legislature in 1973, the Chapter 90 program provides reimbursement to municipalities for road and bridge expenditures through the issuance of bonds.  Funds may also be used for engineering services related to highway transportation enhancement, as well as the purchase of road building machinery and equipment.

The money allocated to the Town of Wakefield is expected to create construction jobs, improve transportation and public safety all while encouraging long-term economic development across the Commonwealth.

"I am pleased that the Legislature has recognized the importance of providing additional funding to make necessary repairs to its roadways and bridges,” Representative Wong said. “I am confident that the Town of Wakefield will put this money to good use."

Funding for Chapter 90 is allocated using a longstanding formula based upon community road miles and population numbers reflected by the 2010 Census and employment.

State Representative Donald H. Wong
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