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Berkshires Receiving Nearly $8M in Chapter 90 Funds

About ‭$7,820,310 of that will be heading to the Berkshires with the largest amount $1.4 million going to Pittsfield and its nearly 200 miles of roads. The second largest amount of $435,324 goes to the county's other city, North Adams, which has just over 70 miles of road.

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Pignatelli Files Bill on Changing Chapter 90 Formula

In Pignatelli's bill, the proposed new funding formula aims to take 5.5 percent of funds from the population and employment categories and applies an additional 11 percent to the road mileage category, allowing smaller communities to gain 17-18 percent in funding:

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Cheshire May May Not Be Able To Pave Maple Drive

Earlier this month, Highway Superintendent Blair Crane said he planned to spend $250,000 from Chapter 90 to pave and improve Maple Drive, a section of Wells Road and West Mountain Road.

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Cheshire to Pave Three Roads

Out of 100, Maple Drive scores 39, West Mountain Road 36 and the section of Wells Road, scored a 42.

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BRPC: Chapter 90 Spending Trails at Least a Year Behind

BRPC has found that towns tend to act conservatively with Chapter 90 funds for road work because of uncertainty around the program. Senior Transportation Planner Eammon Coughlin, of Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, had taken on a study on the use of Chapter 90 in the Berkshires and found that there is at least a year delay between when the state funds are allocated to the towns and when they are actually spent.

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Legislature Looking at $200M in Chapter 90 Funds; $7.2M for Berkshires

Some $200 million in Chapter 90 road funds have been approved in both houses of the Legislature for fiscal 2019, with some $7.3 million headed for Berkshire County.

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BRPC Wants to Know How Towns Spend Chapter 90 Funds

One of the first things the governor did when taking office in 2014 was released an additional $100 million in money for cities and towns to repair the roads. But towns in the Berkshires didn't use it that spring. In fact, in total spending on Chapter 90 allocations dropped to the lowest spending level in the last five years. Baker's announcement had come halfway through the fiscal year and was hailed by local officials. The program is considered one of the most important for a city or town.

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Sieloff Wants More Money Set Aside to Repair Lanesborough Roads

Town Manager Paul Sieloff wants to put more money toward road maintenance. The town's budgeting process will start in earnest in two weeks with a meeting with the Police, Highway, and Fire Department heads to discuss needs in the next budget. Sieloff said he is looking to double the amount the town spends on road repairs if possible.

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