How will the transportation funding be used?

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The Massachusetts Senate could decide as soon as Thursday to approve a $13-billion transportation bill. It’s a compromise bill that was approved by the Mass. House Wednesday.

The bill would divide about $300-million to cities and towns for local road improvements that would help them pave a few more streets.

Northampton DPW Director New Huntley says they’ll be paving Route 9 from South Main Street in Florence to the rotary and as many as five other streets this year.

“We have a $39-million backlog in paving in the city right now, and that’s grown from $21-million five years ago. So we’re just clearly not keeping up with the work we need to do on our infrastructure,” said Huntley.

Huntley told 22News the money can’t be used for filling potholes. That money comes from a separate fund.

In addition to this state money, the Northampton City Council will vote Thursday night on the mayor’s capitol improvement plan which allocates half a million dollars from their general fund for infrastructure improvements.

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