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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This page contains information about the Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Transportation Improvement Program.
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.
MassDOT is responsible for securing and managing all property and rights in land required for the highway road and bridge program. During the development of a municipal project, the municipality may be required to complete the necessary right of way work.
Each year, MassDOT conducts an annual traffic data collection program. This data is available online and can be sorted by route or municipality.
As a service to the Massachusetts Survey and Civil Engineering industry, MassDOT hosts a geodetic control and layout plans website.
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.
This application provides contact information for utility companies in each municipality in Massachusetts for use on MassDOT projects.
MassDOT posts most of its manuals, publications and forms on its website.