For Immediate Release - April 11, 2011

Governor Patrick Signs Bill to Provide $200 Million for Local Road and Bridge Projects

Record level of funding creates jobs, rebuilds local infrastructure

BOSTON - Monday, April 11, 2011 – Governor Deval Patrick today signed a bill to provide cities and towns with a record $200 million in state Chapter 90 funds this year to rebuild and repair local roads and bridges. This allocation, approved by the Legislature, represents a 29% increase in Chapter 90 funding compared to last year, providing a significant investment that will create construction jobs, improve transportation and public safety and encourage long-term economic development.

"We are providing record levels of transportation funding to cities and towns across Massachusetts," said Governor Patrick. "These funds will help create and preserve jobs, while continuing our historic investment in rebuilding our transportation infrastructure."

Each city and town will receive an increase in Chapter 90 funding for the fiscal year beginning on July 1, 2011 compared to the previous year, with funds allocated using a longstanding formula based upon community road miles, population and employment. This investment represents a $45 million increase over 2010 and continues the Patrick-Murray Administration's legacy of investing in the Commonwealth's aging infrastructure. 

“Our administration understands the importance and value of investing in our roads and bridges,” said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray. “Though we inherited significant deferred maintenance from previous administrations, our continued funding will improve this infrastructure for cities and towns across the Commonwealth.”

Chapter 90 funds approved by the Legislature may be used for road, bridge and multi-use path projects and related needs.

"The Governor and Lieutenant Governor have made transportation infrastructure improvements a priority from day one, and our cities and towns are ready to move forward with important street, bridge and safety projects,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Jeffrey Mullan.

The Patrick-Murray Administration continues to build on a legacy of record investments in transportation infrastructure. In FY 2010, nearly 400 road and bridge projects totaling an unprecedented $965 million put thousands of people to work on road and bridge projects in every corner of the Commonwealth, funded by the Statewide Road and Bridge Program, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and the Patrick-Murray Administration’s historic Accelerated Bridge Program to repair structurally-deficient bridges. In FY 2011, another record $1.2 billion will fund state road and bridge projects, more than double the investment of FY 2007.