State Reps. Jim Lyons, R-Andover, and Jim Miceli, D-Wilmington announced last week that the Town of Tewksbury will receive $916,494 for local road and bridge repairs.
The funding was included as part of a $200 million Chapter 90 bond authorization approved by the House of Representatives on March 30. Matching Governor Baker's requested amount, the funds are raised via 30-year bond sales and go directly to capital improvement projects, road repair, and other transportation-oriented improvements across the state.
“This is great news for Tewksbury because it means additional funding will soon be available to address the town’s needs during the 2016 construction season,” said Lyons.
“We still have a bit to go recovering our roads from the winter season of 2014-2015” said Miceli. “But the passing of these funds will only help to continue recovering from the storm damage, as well as mitigating traffic, improving signage along 93 and 495, and fund a whole range of other planned transportation improvements. I also will work with my colleagues to continue improving Route 38, as the construction and redesign along the first mile (from the Lowell border into Tewksbury) has wrapped up. We need to get the next segment under-way, to improve the residential and commercial quality of life in town.”
Chapter 90 funds can be spent on a variety of municipal roadway projects, including resurfacing, drainage, sidewalks, traffic control and street lighting. The funding can also be used for bikeways, landscaping and tree planting, and for certain road building machinery, equipment and tools.
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.
The bill now heads to the Senate for further action.