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Chapter 90 money for Hampshire County communities

Gov. Deval Patrick’s proposed 10-year transportation bond bill, filed last week, includes a 50 percent increase in Chapter 90 money provided to communities to maintain roads.

If approved by the Legislature, here’s what that increase will mean for Hampshire County communities in fiscal 2014:

Northampton: $1,531,449 (up from about $1 million)

Amherst: $1,263,420 (up from about $842,300)

Belchertown: $924,497 (up from about $616,000)

South Hadley: $767,598 (up from about $511,700)

Easthampton: $739,629 (up from about $493,000)

Hadley: $560,338 (up from about $373,600)

Southampton: $485,211 (up from about $323,500)

Granby: $421,923 (up from about $281,300)

Hatfield: $380,652 (up from about $253,800)

Westhampton: $284,670 (up from about $189,800)

Williamsburg: $285,535 (up from about $190,300)


Public works chiefs welcome added state road money

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A proposed 50-percent increase in state aid for local road projects next fiscal year is welcome news to public works officials in Hampshire County, but they say the extra money will help only if it’s released in enough time to take advantage of the region’s short construction season. Legislative wrangling in recent years has delayed appropriation of the so-called Chapter …

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