House Approves $200 million for Local Infrastructure Needs

BOSTON – Representative Steve Ultrino (D – Malden) joined his colleagues in the House of Representatives to pass legislation that includes a $200 million bond authorization for Chapter 90 funding to help municipalities like Malden complete road, bridge and infrastructure improvement projects.            

“Chapter 90 funds are essential to providing stability and spurring economic growth in Massachusetts,” House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo said. “That growth starts on the local level. The funding in this bill and the House’s focus on transportation reform are resulting in sustainable, lasting changes.”

“Chapter 90 is an important source of local aid,” said Representative Brian S. Dempsey (D-Haverhill), Chair of the Joint Committee on Ways & Means. “The $200M in funding authorized by the House of Representatives will be delivered early in the construction season and allow many vital municipal road projects to move forward.  Today’s vote demonstrates the House’s commitment to the cities and town’s we represent and ensures they have the needed resources for safe, high-quality roads.”

“The Chapter 90 appropriation will allow the Commonwealth’s cities and towns the means to address the important road and bridge improvements necessary to serve the unique needs of each municipality,” said Representative William M. Straus (D- Mattapoisett), Chair of the Joint Committee on Transportation. “I am pleased to see it move forward.”

“This state funding provides support to cities like Malden trying to undertake vital infrastructure projects,” said Representative Ultrino. “In an era of tight budgets, every penny counts, and this money will fund some of the much-needed roadwork in our city.”