Chelmsford Will Get Help Fixing Potholes

The state is sending an additional $176,080 to Chelmsford to help pay for repairing potholes.

Winter was rough on the roads in the area. (File Photo)
Winter was rough on the roads in the area. (File Photo)

Chelmsford is getting more than $176,000 from the state to help pay for repairing potholes.

Winter is gone, but her fury is still evident on roads across Massachusetts. Local Departments of Public Works have been working to repair potholes and other damage caused by the winter.

The Patrick Administration announced the 2014 Pothole and Winter Recovery Program, which includes one-time payments totaling $40 million to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and cities and towns, including $176,080 for Chelmsford.

“We experienced an extraordinary winter season that caused damage to our roads, bridges, and vehicles well beyond the typical year,” said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey. “This one-time, targeted program will speed repair and recovery and maintain safe travel for motorists.”

“Our cities and towns already challenged by what seemed to be never ending snow and ice removal now face higher than expected costs in fixing streets, signs, and other transportation facilities,” said MassDOT Highway Division Administrator Frank DePaola. “These funds to be spent immediately this spring and summer will allow all communities to make the most basic and necessary repairs and provide quick improvements for the traveling public.”

The bulk of the money ($30 million) will go to cities and towns based on the Chapter 90 formula that is used for state funding to repair and maintain roads and bridges.

MassDOT has received nearly 1,700 pothole reports this year and spent more than $880,000 in repairing potholes on state roads.

The state said the $40 million could “pave 530 lane miles of roadway.”

Anna Bucciarelli May 02, 2014 at 08:05 AM
Back to road work ... it's coming along quite well I think and this, in spite of Tyler's 4/22 hyperbolic comment stating the DPW staff is "older, understaffed, over worked" and lacking in proper equipment.
ron johnson May 02, 2014 at 08:49 AM
Tyler, That is a quote that you insist on using only part of. Again you have no right to question my right to an opinion (the while quote). It seems that you are agreeing, if you could actually admit that you are misstating what I said. I am not losing it, it would seem that you have devolved to name-calling, or what you accuse others of doing.
Linda May 02, 2014 at 10:14 AM
Anne, they are starting Warren Ave, Lots of progress. Seems the DPW crew is not as decrepit and OLD as Tyler claims. They are doing a good job. Keep up the good work DPW crew. Great job. Well done.
Anna Bucciarelli May 03, 2014 at 08:53 AM
Linda, I am so happy about Warren and Mill as they are roads I frequent quite a bit. I think they're really working at it and hope it continues to even side roads, often used as "cut throughs" and very often neglected. Cases on point: Riverneck and Porter Roads. Would also hope for improvement of Turnpike. We'll see ... so far, not bad and I'm hopeful.
Tyler Jozefowicz May 04, 2014 at 09:28 PM
The work is being done, slowly but surely. That still does not mean that the DPW work crew is not older, understaffed, overworked, and taken for granted, now does it. Don't cry when the property tax bill comes due. You're not going to get champaigne on a beer budget. Nice to see we don't get the typical trash the govt talk. Paul cohen and Duval patrick looking out for you. glad you appreciate it. Kudos to the DPW workers , too.


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