The Chapter 90 program is a staple for Municipal Highway and Public Works Departments across Massachusetts. Executives and front-line workers alike are well acquainted with what it does and does not do. However, not all cities and towns are making the most of this critical state funding program.
John Porcari, the deputy secretary of transportation during the Obama Administration and an advisor to president-elect Joe Biden’s transition team, expressed optimism for a major infrastructure package in an address to the national conference of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) on November 12.
Porcari, former Secretary of the Maryland DOT and most recently an executive with engineering giant WSP, referenced Biden’s experience overseeing the delivery of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) under Obama as an advantage the former vice president can bring to the office. “There are real prospects for a bipartisan, broad infrastructure program.
On Wednesday, September 23, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) announced the award of $858,502 in the latest rounds of funding from the Shared Streets & Spaces program, one day after the window to apply closed. With the award of these new rounds of funding, the program will have given out a total of $8.5 million to fund 99 projects in 85 municipalities across the Commonwealth, of which 60% are Environmental Justice communities. This new round will provide $868,301.35 to projects in seven municipalities, of which 71% are Environmental Justice communities.