By Bob Katzen
House 145-0, approved and sent to the Senate a bill authorizing $200 million in one-time funding for the maintenance and repair of local roads and bridges in cities and towns across the state. The package is a bond bill under which the funding would be borrowed by the state through the sale of bonds.
Supporters said the $200 million would help cities and towns keep their roads and bridges safe and allow many vital municipal road projects to move forward.
No one voted against the bill but there are many legislators who say the $200 million is insufficient. Transportation Committee Co-chairman Rep. William Straus said there’s no question when it comes to the status of the roads and bridges of the commonwealth, the need is greater than our resources. “There are greater unmet needs, but the resources are finite in order to take care of municipal roads and bridges and those of the commonwealth, he said.