SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Spring officially begins Friday night, but the damage from this winter’s heavy storms will take much longer to clean up than the snow that still covers the ground.
Governor Charlie Baker has set up a new fund dedicating $30-million to help cities and towns fill potholes. It’s called the “Winter Recovery Assistance Program.”
Baker is using money allocated to the 2015 Department of Transportation fund. The funds will be distributed to cities and towns based on population, employment, and total road mileage.
Residents in western Mass. told 22News the need is obvious. Matthew Wark of Easthampton said, “You can damage your pole bearings, your struts; you’ve got to be real careful and go around them try to avoid them as much as you can.”
Under the Governor’s pothole plan, cities and towns can seek reimbursement from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation for patching potholes, paving cracks, resurfacing roads, and replacing damaged signs or guardrails.
Cities and towns must complete the work by June 30th and submit reimbursement requests to MassDOT by July 31st.
Click Here to see how the $30 million will be divided to each city and town.