By State Representative Brian Mannal
I am announcing today that the Second Barnstable District, which is comprised of the towns of Barnstable (Precincts 2-10 & 13) and Yarmouth (Precincts 5 & 6) has moved one step closer to being awarded money through the state’s Chapter 90 state transportation funding. The Chapter 90 bond bill, which has now been approved by both the Senate and the House of Representatives, authorizes Governor Deval Patrick to approve $300 million in state reimbursements of local spending on road and bridge repairs.
The towns of Yarmouth and Barnstable will receive $1,289,397 and $3,035,336, respectively, for local road projects in the 2014 Fiscal Year. The money allocated to the Second Barnstable District is expected to create construction jobs, improve transportation infrastructure and public safety, as well as encourage long-term economic development in the region.
“Repairing bridges and repaving roads is not only necessary for our region’s public safety, but also critical to the future health and vitality of our economy,” said Rep. Mannal. “I’m pleased to announce that the single year sum for Fiscal Year 2014 is a 50% increase over the funding that
Barnstable and Yarmouth received last year.”
Created by the Legislature in 1973, the Chapter 90 program provides reimbursements to municipalities for road and bridge expenditures through the issuance of bonds. In addition to rebuilding and repairing local roads and bridges, Chapter 90 funds may also be used for engineering services related to highway transportation enhancement, as well as for the purchase of road building machinery and equipment. Funding for Chapter 90 is allocated using a longstanding formula that is based upon community road miles, census population, and employment numbers.
Brian R. Mannal
State Representative, 2nd Barnstable District
State House, Room 448, Boston, Massachusetts