BOSTON –The Massachusetts State Senate recently passed an annual Supplemental Budget, including a provision earmarking $60 million to reimburse cities and towns for roadway repairs and infrastructure improvements. State Senator Nick Collins estimates that Boston stands to receive about $4.5 million of the investment into transportation infrastructure.
The allocation will go to fund the Chapter 90 formula, which the State uses to help municipalities pay for roadway improvements. Salt and sand from a heavy winter, combined with typical factors of erosion, often leave potholes and dangerous conditions come springtime. Drivers, pedestrians, public transit riders, and bicyclists alike feel the impacts of these conditions, and these funds are designed to allow cities and towns the flexibility to make critical repairs.
“This funding helps our cities and towns promote safety and reliability on their roads and infrastructure” said State Senator Nick Collins. “I am proud to stand with my colleagues in the Senate and demonstrate our ongoing commitment to providing support to our partners in city government.”
The closeout supplemental budget for Fiscal Year 2019 passed by the Senate also includes:
- $10M for the creation of low-income housing units through the Affordable Housing Trust Fund
- $9.9M for nursing home facility rates
- $5.7M for the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS)
- $5M for gun violence prevention grants
- $50M for the MBTA capital acceleration program
- $35M to help finance improvements to local water systems