Senator Lesser Votes to Secure $8.4M in State Aid for Roads and Bridges in Springfield, Chicopee and Surrounding Communities

“This funding is critical to rebuilding our roads, especially after a harsh winter,” Lesser said

Boston — Senator Eric P. Lesser voted Wednesday for a state road repair package that would bring $8.4 million in state aid for local roads and bridges to the nine communities he represents, including parts of Springfield, Chicopee and the surrounding towns.

The package allocates Chapter 90 funding to these communities in the following amounts:

  • Belchertown: $624,776
  • Chicopee: $1,322,033
  • East Longmeadow: $581,185
  • Granby: $279,748
  • Hampden: $256,063
  • Longmeadow: $471,736
  • Ludlow: $701,338
  • Springfield: $3,657,832
  • Wilbraham: $543,258

“This funding is critical to rebuilding our roads, especially after a harsh winter. At a time when our state and national infrastructure is crumbling, this funding is a much needed boost to local communities working to keep their infrastructure up-to-date,” said Lesser, Chairman of the Economic Development and Emerging Technologies Committee.

On Wednesday the Senate approved a bill to appropriate $200 million in Chapter 90 reimbursements for cities and towns over the next year. The bill allocated another $60 million for upgrades to improve the efficiency of the Registry of Motor Vehicle's information technology system.

The bill also authorizes $30 million in bonds for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation mobility assistance program, which improves transportation for the elderly and persons with disabilities. The bonds will be used to purchase vehicles and equipment for Regional Transit Authorities, Councils on Aging and other non-profit transit providers.

The bill will now go to the Governor’s desk for signature.

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