Representative Shawn Dooley announced Plainville and the other towns in the 9th Norfolk District will receive funding for road and bridge repairs as part of a $200 million Chapter 90 bond authorization approved by the House of Representatives on March 25. Plainville is scheduled to receive $270,270, while Norfolk will receive $391,048 and $421,761 is budgeted for Wrentham.
Here is the town by town breakdown. In total, the 9th District will receive $2.5 million:
“I am glad we were able to appropriate this money to help our towns get off to a quick start with road repairs after such a tough winter,” said Dooley.
The state’s Chapter 90 program allocates funding for road and bridge maintenance and repairs using a formula that is based on a weighted average of a city or town's population, employment, and total mileage of roads. The funds are paid out as reimbursements to communities for qualifying infrastructure work.
Chapter 90 funds can be used for a variety of municipal roadway projects, including resurfacing, drainage, sidewalks, traffic control and street lighting. The funding can also be used for certain road building machinery, equipment and tools.
Governor Baker previously released $100 million in Chapter 90 bond funding in January, shortly after taking office. That money, along with the $200 million approved by the House of Representatives, will be used by municipalities during the 2015 construction season, which runs from April to November.
Earlier this month, the Baker Administration allocated an additional $30 million in bond funding to reimburse cities and towns under the Winter Recovery Assistance Program (WRAP). The WRAP program is designed to assist municipalities with the cost of repairing or replacing damaged signs, guardrails, storm drains and line striping, while also helping to pay for filling potholes, repairing cracks in pavement and addressing other road surface defects.