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Berkshires Receiving Nearly $8M in Chapter 90 Funds

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BOSTON  — Gov. Charlie Baker has signed H.69, An act financing improvements to municipal roads and bridges, which authorizes $200 million in Chapter 90 transportation funds to support all 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts.

 
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. Berkshire County total has about ‭1,598.63‬ miles of locally governed roads. 
 
Boston, not surprisingly, gets the highest amount at $14.7 million for 790 miles of road. 
 
Apportionment is based on road miles, population based on the latest U.S. Census and employment. The program is partially funded through the gas tax.‬
 
Since taking office in 2015, and including the FY20 signed bill, the Baker-Polito administration has awarded a total of $1.14 billion through the Chapter 90 formula, including $100 million on its first day in office.
 
"Chapter 90 funding provides cities and towns with critical resources to carry out important projects like highway construction and road paving to improve local infrastructure in communities across Massachusetts," Baker said in a statement. "We thank the Legislature for working with our administration to pass this bill and continue our support for local officials this construction season."
 
Other than the extra $100 million four years ago, the amount of funding has been generally flat over the past seven years while costs have increased. Reconstructing one mile of road now hovers around $1 million and many smaller towns save up their Chapter 90 funds until they can be used more efficiently in terms of road repair or equipment.
 
The Massachusetts Municipal Association has been advocating for an increase in the program, estimating it would take nearly $700 million a year to properly maintain the state's 30,000 miles of local roads.  
 
Chapter 90 reimburses cities and towns for costs incurred for eligible transportation projects. Cities and towns must submit receipts to the state Department of Transportation's Highway Division district in which they are located which verifies that the expenditures qualify for reimbursement under Chapter 90. The Highway Districts in turn submit these receipts to the Department of Transportation's Fiscal Department, which facilitates the reimbursements to cities and towns.
 
City/Town Highway
District
Miles
2018
Population
2010
Employment
2018
Amount
ADAMS 1 54.04 8,485 1,837 $287,324
BECKET 1 56.44 1,779 427 $237,326
ALFORD 1 17.38 494 25 $71,454
CHESHIRE 1 44.03 3,235 618 $200,252
CLARKSBURG 1 15.85 1,702 141 $74,542
DALTON 1 40.36 6,756 1,829 $222,689
EGREMONT 1 35.91 1,225 177 $150,472
FLORIDA 1 39.82 752 125 $162,146
GREAT BARRINGTON 1 77.86 7,104 5,044 $409,799
HANCOCK 1 14.94 717 425 $68,085
HINSDALE 1 35.57 2,032 329 $156,048
LANESBOROUGH 1 47.46 3,091 1,180 $219,439
LEE 1 52.76 5,943 3,497 $285,824
LENOX 1 51.51 5,025 4,088 $282,098
MONTEREY 1 48.18 961 189 $196,958
MOUNT WASHINGTON 1 17.43 167 12 $69,423
NEW ASHFORD 1 10.52 228 42 $43,120
NEW MARLBOROUGH 1 83.54 1,509 346 $340,708
NORTH ADAMS 1 70.54 13,708 6,067 $435,324
OTIS 1 41.88 1,612 374 $178,640
PERU 1 35.29 847 50 $144,138
PITTSFIELD 1 195.81 44,737 26,530 $1,365,887
RICHMOND 1 39.06 1,475 268 $165,460
SANDISFIELD 1 81.02 915 164 $324,904
SAVOY 1 49.11 692 63 $197,375
SHEFFIELD 1 81.17 3,257 1,526 $356,543
STOCKBRIDGE 1 42.59 1,947 1,735 $199,678
TYRINGHAM 1 25.62 327 19 $102,591
WASHINGTON 1 42.2 538 83 $169,582
WEST STOCKBRIDGE 1 35.94 1,306 256 $152,042
WILLIAMSTOWN 1 52.48 7,754 3,837 $300,276
WINDSOR 1 62.32 899 41 $250,163

 

 


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