Road repair funding facing a roadblock

No agreement yet on Chapter 90 funding

BOSTON (WWLP) – Your community may have a longer wait before repaving roads, because the state has yet to allocate road repair money for cities and towns.

The House and Senate have yet to reach an agreement on Chapter 90 funding, which gives money to individual communities for projects including pothole repair and road repaving. They are now turning the legislation over to a six-member conference committee who must compromise on a plan.

Both the House and Senate budgeted $200 million for this year, but the Senate plan allocates an additional $200M for the next fiscal year.

Knowing what to expect allows smaller cities and towns to budget for larger future repair projects, but some state representatives say allocating future funds too early could lead to mid-year budget cuts.

“We don’t know what the ramifications are going to be, with regards to budgetary considerations, two years from now. So, we think it’s more prudent to go one year at a time,” Rep. Paul Donato (D-Medford) said.

With construction season starting in July, lawmakers hope to allocate funding to their communities as soon as possible.