McGonagle and State House Colleagues Pass $1.9 Billion Transportation Funding Bill

Rep. Joe McGonagle, along with his colleagues in the Massachusetts Legislature passed a House Bill 69, authorizing $200 million for Chapter 90 funding to help municipalities complete road, bridge and infrastructure improvement projects. The bill also includes $1.5 billion for highway projects and $200 million for rail projects at the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. Thanks to the bill, Everett will receive $636,592 in Chapter 90 funding, in addition to $18,113,520 for the reconstruction of key roads.

Since 1973, the Chapter 90 program has allocated funding annually to reimburse cities and towns throughout Massachusetts for qualifying infrastructure work. H.69 was unanimously supported by both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

“Investment in our roads, bridges, and public transportation is critical for the City of Everett, especially with the increase of visitors due to the opening of the Casino,” said Rep. McGonagle. “This transportation funding bill will enable Everett to have more resources to help alleviate traffic. I know it’s an issue — and everyday I see it. I’m proud the Legislature is taking action.”

As a member of the Joint Committee on Transportation, McGonagle will continue to be a strong advocate for improving the safety and efficiency of roads, bridges, trains, and motor vehicles.

House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo (D-Winthrop), said, “Not only will these funds provide critical resources to cities and towns across the Commonwealth and fortify larger regional transportation projects, they will create jobs and spur economic growth.” He added, “These investments support our vibrant economy by improving our transportation infrastructure.”

On June 6, Governor Charlie Baker signed H.69 into law.

Representative Joe McGonagle is in his third term as State Representative for the 28th Middlesex District, Everett. He serves as the Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Housing and sits on the Joint Committee on Transportation and the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing.

McGonagle may be reached at the Statehouse at [email protected].

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