MELROSE — The city of Melrose will be receiving $523,879 in Chapter 90 funds from the state to help fund local transportation infrastructure improvements.
This funding is a result of the state legislature’s passage of “An Act Financing Improvements to Municipal Roads and Bridges,” which authorized $200 million for repairs and improvements to municipal roads and bridges through the state’s Chapter 90 program.
“I’m very pleased that the state legislature is providing these badly needed funds to our local communities for transportation improvements,” said State Sen. Jason Lewis (D-Winchester). “I know that this money will certainly be put to good use in Melrose improving roads, sidewalks, and other infrastructure.”
State Rep. Kate Lipper-Garabedian (D-Melrose) agreed.
“I am pleased to have secured $523,879 for Melrose along with Senator Lewis,” said Lipper-Garabedian. “This important funding will be used for preservation, infrastructure, and important municipal improvement projects that improve the quality of life in our cities and towns. I am proud to secure funding that will help our community grow and prosper.”
Mayor Paul Brodeur concurred with Lewis and Lipper-Garabedian’s viewpoints.
“I’m thankful that our delegation continues to advocate for these critical infrastructure improvements, particularly with an eye toward an inclusive, accessible, and sustainable future,” said Brodeur. “Road and sidewalk infrastructure are some of the most important of all our public assets. The State’s Chapter 90 contributions are a vital part of our annual road program, allowing us to complete important paving and sidewalk projects and continue to provide safe roads and sidewalks for all.”
The bill also authorized an additional $150 million in grant-based programs that will further assist municipalities with various transportation-related projects. This includes $30 million for the municipal small bridge repair program, $30 million for the Complete Streets grant program, $25 million for bus-related projects, $25 million for increased access to mass transit and commuter rail stations, and $40 million for pavement and surface area improvements to non-federally aided roadways.
Chapter 90 funding is allocated using a formula that is based on the weighted average of a community’s population, employment and total road miles. The funds can be used for a variety of purposes, including road resurfacing, sidewalks, street lighting, traffic control measures, and roadside drainage. Municipalities can also use the money for the purchase, replacement and long-term lease of road building machinery, equipment and tools.