MassDOT seeks comments on Capital Investment Plan

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The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is beginning the process of updating its five-year Capital Investment Plan.
 
The CIP that was approved last year will receive updates for fiscal 2018 through 2021 and will have programming added for fiscal 2022.
 
The five-year CIP determines how MassDOT and the MBTA prioritize transportation investments in the Commonwealth. The CIP focuses on three priorities: reliability, modernization and expansion.
 
MassDOT is seeking comments from stakeholders through March 17. The department will then release draft revisions to the CIP and hold public meetings in May.
 
Improvements to the CIP process include alignment with the annual development of the State Transportation Improvement Program.
 
The CIP approved last year funds the Chapter 90 local road and bridge program at $200 million per year. The MMA submitted comments on the plan calling for an increase to $300 million annually. The MMA argued that the higher funding level would begin to enable cities and towns to maintain roads in a state of good repair and would save money on reconstruction over time. The MMA also reiterated the importance of a multi-year bond bill, which would allow communities to plan ahead and use resources more effectively.
 
The CIP includes $50 million over five years for the municipal small bridge program and $50 million for the complete streets program.
 
Comments on the Capital Investment Plan may be submitted online at www.massdot.state.ma.us/InformationCenter/CapitalInvestmentPlan.aspx or by email to masscip@state.ma.us.