State Passes Road Funding, Woburn Included

City to receive Chapter 90 money.


Woburn is just one of several communities to benefit from the recent Chapter 90 funding legislation at the State House.

According to State Rep. Jim Dwyer, he and State Rep. Jay Kaufman, along with State Sen. Ken Donnelly, all voted in favor of the Chapter 90 legislation, which will give $200 million to communities in Massachusetts for municipal road improvements and maintenance.

“Providing funding for much needed improvements to our infrastructure allows
municipalities to focus local budgets on vital services that taxpayers expect,” said Rep. Dwyer. “I am proud that the House and Senate came together to help our communities with this crucial investment.”

Under the Chapter 90 program, cities and towns are reimbursed for road construction, preservation and improvement.

“I am relieved that this vital funding was approved. Woburn’s heavily traveled roads demand this maintenance, and Rep. Dwyer, Sen. Donnelly and I will always continue to ensure that Woburn’s road repair obligations are met,” said Rep. Kaufman.

“I am glad that this important funding allocation has finally been made and our cities and towns can move forward with the very important business of maintaining our municipal roads and bridges,” added Sen. Donnelly.

The bill will now go to Gov. Deval Patrick's office to be signed into law.

Earnhardt July 06, 2012 at 11:03 AM
Good!.. Now how about paving some North Woburn Streets? and who was the genius that brought in a DPW crew last Sunday night to paint all the crosswalks on Main St? in case you haven't noticed.. Main Street is being DUG UP! they will all have to be repainted after they repave (or patch) Main St.. Not Very Smart. Was it our esteemed Alderman's idea?
Carol Youngclaus July 06, 2012 at 11:44 AM
It seems to me that saving lives (pedestrians in crosswalks) might bi a bit more important than saving a few bucks on paint and an hour out two on labor. But that's just me.
Earnhardt July 06, 2012 at 11:51 AM
Very true to an extent Carol. but come on! first off they could still be seen quite nicely, second in a week they will be covered up! so we pay OT twice? foolishness and a waste of money. that is my i opinion as you say: But that's just me. It was a foolish move. have a great weekend! lets hope the weather holds out. :)
Earnhardt July 06, 2012 at 11:53 AM
Also. since I live right there. I can tell you it was more than two hours at And I believe Sunday OT is double time.DPW laborers and A police officer. Tha'ts a lot of cash for something thats going to get covered in a week. But tha'ts just me. Ok Again. enjoy the weekend! :)
Deb & Dan July 06, 2012 at 12:01 PM
Let's get Montvale Ave by Polcari's done, the right turn lane is awesome now let's get the road up to par.
Deb M July 06, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Sound Barriers would be very much appreciated on 128, Fisher Terrace side... We have only been waiting years for these..Should of been done when they put the court house in and now all the building at St. Anthony's... Give us a little peace and quiet. Deb M
Earnhardt July 06, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Deb, is your ward alderman Mike Raymond? or are you just over the border? If it is Mike,... forget about it! your better off wearing earplugs,
Roth Gill July 06, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Deb, I agree, I'm on Millyan Rd and have a similar view and constant highway ambiance in the background. My alderman Mike Anderson...hasn't been as involved as one would like, but Rep. Dwyer seems to be somewhat on the ball. My understanding is that someone dropped the ball in requesting the funding in time and other city's and towns (Wellesly) managed to get a safety/sound barrier. There seemed to also be a lost opportunity to get on a magic list about a year ago when they began the highway work on 128 (which must keep you awake at night as well). A year ago it seemed that a "sound study" needed to be arranged... I'm not worried though, in a couple of years we'll be in the future....maybe car's will fly and the highway will be quiet.
Ellliep7@comcast-netelliep7@comcast.net July 06, 2012 at 11:47 PM
It seems to me most people are right on the button about corner office. Sit back. Let's others do the work. But. Come forward to take credit. It's a good thing we have the city council. To keep the mayor accountable. As for dick gately. We need a few more like him. To keep things in check. Plus south end never looked so good. So good job dick. When is election is it in nov, .?? Can't wait.
Earnhardt July 10, 2012 at 03:25 PM
As of this morning. 7/10/12 they are already jackhammering the newly painted Sunday night OT crosswalks... 1 week they lasted!


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