State offers incentives to local governments to fix infrastructure

Boston Statehouse

Lawmakers are giving local legislators an incentive to fix up their cities and towns.

Through the Chapter 90 program, Massachusetts cities and towns could be 100 percent reimbursed for work on their roads and bridges.

On Tuesday, local leaders updated Lt. Governor Karyn Polito on where exactly the Chapter 90 funding was going.

This year alone, the state set aside $240 million for local road construction and transportation improvement projects.

At the meeting, city and town officials asked that Chapter 90 requests be reviewed early enough so that communities across the Commonwealth can prepare for infrastructure projects.

“The municipalities are able to put that money where it’s most needed for our constituents at any given time,” Jim Lovejoy, a Selectboard member for the town of Mount Washington told 22News.

Since taking office in 2015, the Baker-Polito Administration has released more than $900 million in Chapter 90 infrastructure funding.

The projects that are eligible for reimbursement include highway on-ramps, roadside drainage, sidewalks, and street lights.

In 2018, the City of Springfield received just over $3.6 million which went toward fixing traffic issues and bridge maintenance.

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