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Senate Bill Directs $4.7 Million in Funding for South Shore Infrastructure Projects

BOSTON -- The Massachusetts State Senate on Thursday passed legislation to invest $300 million in municipal transportation projects and selected statewide transportation infrastructure projects. The bill, An Act financing improvements to municipal roads and bridges, authorizes $200 million for municipal roads and bridges through the chapter 90 program and $100 million to support statewide projects to address congestion, support electric vehicle infrastructure, and improve public transit.

Senator O’Connor indicated that the South Shore will see $4,724,353 return to the Plymouth & Norfolk District through the legislation.

“The measure we passed today will provide our cities and towns with the resources they need to invest in critical infrastructure projects and boost the economy,” said Senator Patrick O’Connor (R-Weymouth). “Investing in our roads, sidewalks, and bridges is an investment in the longevity and safety of our communities.”

The funding apportionment by town may be found below:

Cohasset

Duxbury

Hingham

Hull

Marshfield

Norwell

Scituate

Weymouth

$214,227

$536,063

$759,144

$280,494

$748,619

$465,585

$558,500

$1,161,721

 

The bill includes the following components:

  • $200 million in chapter 90 funding for cities and towns for projects to maintain, improve, and repair roadways, bridges, sidewalks, and bikeways.
  • $25 million for the Municipal Small Bridge Program to support replacement or preservation of structurally deficient local bridges critical to local communities and not eligible for existing federal aid programs.
  • $25 million for the Local Bottleneck Program to address localized traffic bottlenecks and invest in infrastructure to reduce congestion, improve traffic flow, and reduce idling and greenhouse gas emissions.
  • $25 million for Electric Vehicle (EV) infrastructure to support municipalities and regional transit authorities in their efforts to install EV infrastructure and purchase EVs and zero-emission vehicles.
  • $25 million for Transit-Supportive Infrastructure to create dedicated bus lanes, enhance bus stops and train stations, support passenger safety, upgrade technology and modernize infrastructure to meet demand and increase frequency of public transit services, and improve access to public transit.

The legislation must now be reconciled with legislation passed by the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

Senator Patrick O’Connor represents the Plymouth and Norfolk district, which includes the towns of Cohasset, Duxbury, Hingham, Hull, Marshfield, Norwell, Scituate, and Weymouth. Sen. O’Connor and his staff may be reached at the State House at 617-722-1646 or by email at Patrick.O’[email protected]

 

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