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Friday, March 20, 2015

Governor Funds Program to Assist with Winter-Related Repairs



​Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito announced that $30 million dollars has allocated to be dispersed through a Winter Recovery Assistance Program (WRAP) to assist cities and towns as they begin the repairing process after this harsh winter.

MassDOT writes, “Under the WRAP, cities and towns can seek reimbursement from MassDOT on expenditures related to patching potholes, pavement cracking, surface defects, paving projects; repair or replacement of damaged signs, guardrail, storm drains, and line striping.”

Should local administrations want to take advantage of the Chapter 90-determined funds, invoices must be submitted by July 31st with all work having to be completed a month earlier. Invoices will be paid as they are submitted. The truncated timeline was established to expedite the work according to MassDOT.

The City of Somerville could get $169,736 (according to the allocation spreadsheet) towards the daunting effort of getting our streets fixed and ready for spring. Mother Nature, however, would have to be extra kind to us if we want to do some of the work specified as it is dependent upon warm temperatures.

In walking around Ward 5, DPW has already started with pothole and sign fixes, but it will take a while before we’re living, working and playing on smooth streets again.​

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