BOSTON- Representative Paul K. Frost (R-Auburn) announced that the House and Senate passed a compromise bill, authorizing $12.7 billion in capital spending to improve the Commonwealth’s transportation system. This bill includes a one-year $300 million in Chapter 90 funds for local road repairs in Fiscal Year ‘15. Auburn is slated to receive $896,186 for local road and bridge repairs.
In addition to the local aid for roads, $500,000 was included in the bill for signage, bicycle and pedestrian accommodations, beautification and other roadway enhancements in Drury Square. Representative Frost successfully offered this amendment in the House version of the bill and was supported by Senator Michael Moore (D-Millbury) on the Senate side.
Frost said, “I joined my colleagues across party lines to vote for this transportation bill in which the legislature chose to make a strong commitment to local road projects and repairs. Road and bridges are government services the public use every day, whether it be neighborhood roads, main streets or the highway.” Frost continued, “I’m glad we were able to put a big project for Auburn at Drury Square in this bill for future consideration of bond authorizations.”
The compromised transportation capital plan also includes:
•$1.9 billion for interstate/non-interstate federal highway, which is approximately 80 percent federally reimbursable;
•$125 million for the Department of Conservation and Recreation for repairs, improvements, construction of parkways and related equipment;
•$24 million for the mobility assistance program and regional intercity bus and intermodal services;
•$80 million for the statewide rail access program;
•$63 million for Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) modernization;
•$175 million for Springfield-Worcester-Boston-Cape Cod and Pittsfield-NYC rail projects; and,
•$146.5 million for information technology at the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.
All funding in the bill is subject to the Governor authorizing the borrowing of funds. Last year the Governor chose not to release the full $300 million for Chapter 90 funds to all our cities and towns even though the state legislature voted to increase the program.