Legislature passes bill to help cities and towns repair roads and bridges

BOSTON – Senator Cindy F. Friedman (D-Arlington) recently joined her colleagues in passing the so-called “Chapter 90” bond bill to fund local road and bridge repairs, and to continue the legislature’s ongoing commitment to invest in local communities. 

The bill will provide $200 million in bond authorizations in Fiscal Year 2020 for municipal infrastructure improvements 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.

“When the winter season comes to a close, our roads and bridges across the Commonwealth are in desperate need of repair,” said Senator Friedman. “This program allows our cities and towns to fund local projects to improve our damaged infrastructure right at the start of construction season. I’m proud to have worked with my colleagues to secure funding to support these essential projects in our community.”

Chapter 90 funds are allocated using a longstanding formula based on community road miles, population and employment.

  • The expected apportionment for the Town of Arlington is $789, 205.
  • The expected apportionment for the Town of Billerica is $1,293, 533.
  • The expected apportionment for the Town of Burlington is $1,081, 766.
  • The expected apportionment for the Town of Lexington is $975,165.
  • The expected apportionment for the City of Woburn is $1,268,029.

Following final approval by the Senate, the Governor signed the bill into law on June 6, 2019.