$330m. this year and $200m./year going forward from state for town road repairs. Last year the legislature approved $300m., but when they also failed to approve sufficient transportation funding, Gov. Patrick only released $200m. From John Nunnari –
SENATE APPROVES $200 MILLION ROAD REPAIR BILL
Facing an April 1 deadline, the Massachusetts House and Senate are now in agreement on $200 million annual road repair program, down from $300 million approved last year.
The road and bridge repair bill (H 3187) sailed through the Senate Wednesday afternoon on a unanimous vote.
Cities and towns have looked to Beacon Hill for confirmation by April 1 of road repair funds in order to give public works officials time to accomplish “Chapter 90” projects as spring weather conditions improve.
Sen. Thomas McGee, a Lynn Democrat who cochairs the Transportation Committee, said cities and towns would have a total of $330 million in Chapter 90 funding available to them this season since Gov. Charlie Baker released $100 million in funds approved last year and also set aside $30 million for pothole repairs.
The Legislature in 2014 approved a record $300 million for Chapter 90.