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BOSTON – Framingham’s legislators joined their colleagues in the Massachusetts Legislature in passing a bill last week to provide $200 million in funding for local road and bridge repairs across the Commonwealth.

“I am pleased to see this much-needed $200 million investment for local transportation infrastructure is on its way to our cities and towns,” said Senate President Karen E. Spilka.“During this unprecedented moment, we must ensure our transportation system remains sustainable and safe for all residents and so I am glad to see oversight of the MBTA will continue. I would like to thank Senators Boncore and Moore as well as House Speaker DeLeo and his members for their work in advancing this legislation.”

Amidst a difficult fiscal climate, the bill maintains Chapter 90 funding at a $200 million level for key repairs and the maintenance of municipal roads and bridges in Massachusetts.

It also extends the term of the MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board, which was set to expire on June 30, 2020, for one additional year.

“Maintenance of public works will help keep our roads safer and keep people employed during this difficult time,” added Representative Maria Robinson. “I’m glad to see us continue this important funding, even in a time of revenue shortfalls.”

Framingham will receive $1,850,061.

“Safe roads and bridges are essential to each of our communities,” stated Representative Carmine Gentile (Sudbury). “I am thankful that the House and Senate were successful in providing this $200 million funding for all of our cities and towns to keep our streets in good
repair, provide jobs, and provide relief to local budgets.”

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Ashland will receive $467,464.

“I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues to ensure that our communities receive the vital investments necessary to support our families and businesses,” added Rep. Jack Patrick Lewis, who represents one-third of Framingham and all of the Town of Ashland.

The bill was signed into law by Governor Baker on July 2, 2020.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.