|Berkshire Communities Receive Highway Funds|
|11:05AM / Tuesday, September 12, 2023|
BOSTON — The Healey-Driscoll Administration and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) announced that MassDOT has received an additional $80 million in funding from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) as part of the annual funding redistribution process.
These redistribution funds represent federal transportation funds that were unable to be used for the programs to which they were originally allocated. As part of this redistribution, MassDOT will add or increase funding for 12 infrastructure projects across Massachusetts.
"Our Administration is committed to pursuing transportation projects that increase safety, equity, and reliability in Massachusetts," said Transportation Acting Secretary and CEO Monica Tibbits-Nutt. "Our MassDOT teams did a tremendous job in ensuring we had shovel-ready projects to submit for funding consideration to FHWA and we're pleased these projects will improve infrastructure and communities in our Commonwealth."
In Berkshire County:
Pittsfield - Intersection & signal improvements at First Street & North Street
Lanesborough - Resurfacing and related work on Route 7
Becket, Blanford, Stockbridge, West Stockbridge - Bridge preservation
Every year in July, FHWA calculates how much Fiscal Year spending is likely to go unspent and solicits requests from the states for projects that can use the additional funding. Because FHWA obligation authority is a "use it or lose it" proposition, any projects submitted for additional funding must be able to be shovel-ready in the current fiscal year. These funds are available now and must be obligated no later than September 26, 2023. Massachusetts' redistribution funding average for the previous four years had been $64.9 million.
"As part of our good governance, the Highway Division was ready to submit shovel-ready projects to our federal partners as soon as the opportunity for additional funding was there," said Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. "We will continue to b