June 7 2019

Legislature to Increase Roadwork and Infrastructure Funds in the Works


Burlington’s representatives in the state house have joined a vote for an increase in funds provided to communities for roadwork in the upcoming fiscal year.


According to a release from their offices, Senator Cindy F. Friedman (D-Arlington) and Representative Ken Gordon (D-Burlington) recently joined their colleagues in passing the so-called “Chapter 90” bond bill to fund local road and bridge repairs, and to continue the legislature’s ongoing commitment to invest in local communities.  


The bill will provide $200 million in bond authorizations in Fiscal Year 2020 for municipal infrastructure improvements across the Commonwealth, the release states. This multiyear investment provides cities and towns with the ability to plan their construction needs in advance, giving communities access to predictable and consistent funding.


“When the winter season comes to a close, our roads and bridges across the Commonwealth are in desperate need of repair,” said Senator Friedman. “This program allows our cities and towns to fund local projects to improve our damaged infrastructure right at the start of construction season. I’m proud to have worked with my colleagues to secure funding to support these essential projects in our community.”


“Increased funding for infrastructure improvements and maintenance in our community is priority that I share with Senator Friedman. I am delighted to see the Legislature’s investment in Burlington,” said Representative Gordon.


Chapter 90 funds are allocated using a longstanding formula based on community road miles, population and employment. The expected apportionment for the Town of Burlington is $1,081, 766.

The bill will now move to the House of Representatives for enactment before returning to the Senate for final approval and then sent to the Governor for his signature.


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