Governor Deval Patrick today announced $8,005,884 will be available for local road and bridge projects in Berkshire County as part of a $200 million transportation bond bill passed last week by the Legislature. .
The Chapter 90 funds are allocated to cities and towns using a formula based on community road miles, population and employment. The funds may be used for local road, bridge and multi-use path projects and related needs. The local projects will create construction jobs, improve public safety and deliver long-term economic development benefits to communities across the Commonwealth.
"Investing in our infrastructure creates jobs, enhances public safety and leaves our roads and bridges better for the next generation," said Governor Patrick. "This significant investment in Berkshire County is part of our growth strategy of investing in education, innovation and infrastructure to continue the Commonwealth's strong economic recovery."
"The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is committed to assisting communities in spending these transportation funds wisely and addressing deferred maintenance of our local roads and bridges," said Transportation Secretary Richard A. Davey.
Since taking office, Governor Patrick has made historic investments in the Commonwealth's transportation infrastructure to stimulate job growth and economic development. The Patrick-Murray Administration has doubled capital investment in road and bridge programs and created the $3 billion Accelerated Bridge Program, the largest statewide infrastructure investment program ever.
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