Mass. gets $1.1B in federal funds for bridge repair
Michael P. Norton is reporting for the State House News Service Massachusetts is poised to receive $1.1 billion in new federal bridge repair money over the next five years. U.S. Rep. Richard Neal announced the money estimate on January 18, crediting the work of Congress and President Joe Biden to pass an infrastructure funding law. The money will be allocated under a Federal Highway Administration formula and can be used to fix 472 bridges listed in poor condition in the Commonwealth. “Modernized and improved bridges statewide will provide safety for all users, and create good-paying jobs for workers,” Neal said in a prepared statement. “Bridges are vital pieces of our infrastructure — not only to our daily commutes, but also to emergency vehicles and the trucks that are making deliveries in our communities. ...” States normally must match federal money with up to 20 percent in state or local money, but guidance issued last week indicated that federal money can be used for 100 percent of the cost of repairing or rehabilitating "locally owned off-system bridges," according to Neal's office. Neal, along with Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, made the announcement at an Armory Street site. City planners hope to replace two bridges in Springfield. Read more in The Berkshire Eagle.