Road Repair

Senator Lewis Announces $375 Million for Local Transportation Improvements

BOSTON—State Senator Jason Lewis is pleased to announce that the Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives passed a $375 million bill to fund transportation improvements across the state. Each municipality will receive a share of funds to finance local transportation infrastructure, including road and bridge repairs, sidewalk improvements, and more.

Along with designating funding for individual communities, the legislation also authorizes funding for various grant programs that will further assist municipalities with transportation-related projects, including:

  • Municipal Pavement Program, which focuses on the improvement of municipally owned state numbered routes;
  • Municipal Small Bridge Program, which provides financial support to cities and towns for small bridge replacement, preservation, and rehabilitation projects;
  • Complete Streets Funding Program, which provides funding to municipalities for streets that provide safe and accessible options for all travel modes such as walking, biking, transit, and vehicles;
  • Municipal Bus Enhancement Program, which provides grant funding to build out infrastructure related to mass transit by bus;
  • Mass Transit Access Grant Program, which provides grants for design and construction improvements to access commuter rail stations or other mass transit stations, such as parking lots, drop-off and pick-up zones, bike storage infrastructure, and electric vehicle charging infrastructure;
  • Municipal/RTA EV Grant Program, which provides grants to Regional Transit Authorities and municipalities for the purchase of electric vehicles and related charging equipment; and
  • Rural Roads Program, which supports the additional road infrastructure needs of rural communities.

“I’m very pleased that the state legislature is providing these critical funds to our local communities for transportation improvements,” said State Senator Jason Lewis. “I know that this money will certainly be put to good use improving roads, sidewalks, and other infrastructure.”

Having received final passage by both the House and Senate, the bill was signed into law by Governor Maura Healey outside Melrose City Hall on May 3, 2024.