BOSTON – State Representative Timothy Whelan, R-Brewster, is pleased to announce that the Towns of Barnstable, Yarmouth, Dennis, and Brewster will receive a combined total of $3,893,466 in funding assistance for local road and bridge repairs under the state’s Chapter 90 program (Barnstable- $2,007,780; Yarmouth- $850,371; Dennis- $721,155; Brewster- $314,160)
The money was included as part of a $200 million bond authorization approved unanimously by the House of Representatives on March 29. The bond bill must still be approved by the Senate and signed by Governor Charlie Baker before the funding is finalized.
“Maintaining local road infrastructure remains a top priority for the communities here in the mid Cape area” said Representative Whelan. “With the 2017 construction season set to get underway in April, the funding approved by the House today will go a long way towards addressing some of the most critical transportation needs locally”
Established in 1973, the state’s Chapter 90 program allocates funding to cities and towns using a formula based on the weighted average of a municipality’s population, employment, and total road miles. The funds are paid out as reimbursements to communities for qualifying infrastructure work. Amounts awarded to towns are based upon a formula involving miles of public roadways, residential population, and work population.
Chapter 90 funds can be spent on a variety of municipal roadway projects, including resurfacing, drainage, sidewalks, guardrails, traffic control, right-of-way acquisition and street lighting. The funding can also be used for bikeways, landscaping and tree planting, and for purchasing and maintaining certain road building machinery, equipment and tools.