Townsend receives $267,136 in state road-repair money

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TOWNSEND — Townsend will receive $267,136 in much-needed Chapter 90 funds from the state, according to figures released Wednesday.

Chapter 90 money is earmarked to repair roads and bridges in the upcoming year. Once work is completed, the town bills the state and is reimbursed for the cost, up to the amount that was allocated.

Governor Mitt Romney declared in a written statement, “A healthy level of local road and bridge funding is critical to the Commonwealth’s economic outlook. This timely and robust investment will ensure that our critical transportation infrastructure is prioritized, upgraded and maintained.”

Townsend Highway Superintendent Edward Kukkula said he is pleased with the amount being allocated and the main priority for part of the funding is to repave Haynes Road as perform some drainage improvements.

”I estimate that to be about $180,000 for the Haynes Road work,” Kukkula said. He would not speculate on how and where the rest of the money would be spent.

”I don’t want to make any promises and not have enough funding to do the work,” he said. “I’ll have to look and see if there are some small streets that can use the money and possibly get some sidewalk work done out of that money too.” — Diane C. Beaudoin