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To assist municipalities with their infrastructure needs, MassDOT manages several programs and services designed to help communities assess the condition of locally-owned roads and bridges and invest in their repair. For more information on these programs, click on the links below.

Chapter 90 Program

The Chapter 90 Program was enacted in 1973 to entitle municipalities to reimbursement of documented expenditures under the provisions of MGL Chapter 90, Section 34, Clause 2 (a) on approved projects.

Municipal Small Bridge Program

This 5 year program provides reimbursable assistance to cities and towns of up to $500K per year to aid in the replacement and preservation of municipally owned bridges with spans between 10' and 20'.

Complete Streets Funding Program

A complete street provides safe and accessible options for all travel modes - walking, biking, transit and vehicles.

PWED Grants

The Public Works Economic Development (PWED) program was created by the Legislature to assist municipalities in funding transportation infrastructure for the purpose of stimulating economic development.

STRAP Grants

The Small Town Road Assistance Program (STRAP) funds transportation projects that will improve public safety and promote economic development in small towns with a population less than 7,000.

The following information may be useful to municipalities in conjunction with their state-funded or local aid projects.

Contractor Prequalification

All contractors must be prequalified by MassDOT prior to bidding on MassDOT or Chapter 90 projects with an estimated construction value of $50,000 or more.

Consultant & Surveyor Prequalification

MassDOT routinely prequalifies firms in various A&E work categories and uses that information as a partial basis for selecting firms for new A&E contract services. Municipalities are also required to use prequalified firms for any design or survey work funded with Chapter 90 funds.

State Transportation Improvement Plan (STIP)

This page contains information about the Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Transportation Improvement Program.

Municipal Project Guide

The Municipal Project Guide is an interactive online tool that provides the user with simple hyperlinks to existing reference materials that contain detailed guidance about various steps in the planning, design and construction of municipal road and bridge projects that use state and/or federal funds.

Traffic Volume Counts

Each year, MassDOT conducts an annual traffic data collection program. View available data online as an interactive map.

Geodetic Control & Layout Points

Access information for approximately 19,000 horizontal and vertical control points and 30,000 downloadable image files of State Highway Layout Plans and Easement Plans throughout Massachusetts.

Road Flaggers

Chapter 86 of the Acts of 2008 authorized the Patrick Administration to publish guidelines and promulgate regulations regarding the use of road flaggers and police details on public works projects. Pursuant to the Act, the regulations and guidelines are applicable to all public works projects, including municipal projects except to the extent that any provision is inconsistent with a municipal ordinance or by-law or an applicable provisions of a collective bargaining agreement under Chapter 150E.

Utility Contacts

This application provides contact information for utility companies in each municipality in Massachusetts for use on MassDOT projects.

Manuals, Publications & Forms

MassDOT posts most of its manuals, publications and forms on its website.

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