Watertown will get its share of the $20 million added to the state’s road and transportation improvement funding as part of the supplemental budget approved by Governor Baker in December.
The money comes on top of the $200 million already in the Fiscal Year 2020 State budget for Chapter 90. Watertown will receive and extra $73,924, for a total of $813,159 in Chapter 90 funding for FY20.
“This funding represents our continued commitment to supporting communities as they address the maintenance and modernization of local infrastructure, which are a critical part of the Commonwealth’s transportation network,” said Governor Charlie Baker in an announcement this week. “We are pleased to provide this additional transportation funding for local projects in cities and towns across the Commonwealth.”
Chapter 90 transportation funds support all 351 cities and towns throughout the Commonwealth. Funding for each municipality is predetermined by a formula that includes factors such as population, road miles, and employment, according to the release from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT).
Watertown Department of Public Works officials have not earmarked the extra state dollars, yet.
“As we just received notification ourselves we don’t have a specific use identified for the additional funding at this time, but the funding will certainly be put to good use improving and enhancing Watertown’s transportation infrastructure — that’s a given,” said DPW Director of Administration & Finance Jesse Myott.
The DPW’s Engineering Division has developed a needs assessment for the town’s infrastructure, Myott said, and that will be used to help guide upon which project or projects the money will be spent.
DPW officials will look for projects “that will have the greatest positive impacts for Watertown’s transportation infrastructure,” Myott added.