The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has finalized details for the $100 million Winter Recovery Assistance Program that was included in a $1.6 billion fiscal 2022 supplemental budget act signed on April 1.

WRAP funding is intended to support municipal transportation network needs brought on by winter weather. The funding may be used for the rehabilitation, reconstruction, resurfacing or preservation of local roads, sidewalks, bike lanes and other pathways, as well as road striping or painting, and repair or replacement of traffic control devices, signage, guardrails and storm grates.

Reimbursement funding is provided to cities and towns after costs are incurred. To access funding, municipalities are required to enter into a contract with the MassDOT prior to beginning a project.

To initiate this process, communities must provide email and other contact information for their authorized signatory to After the MassDOT contracts are finalized, a Notice to Proceed will be provided to municipalities, after which work on the designated projects may begin.

Reimbursements are available upon completion of the reporting and reimbursement process. To initiate reimbursements, municipalities are required to submit a WRAP Project Report Form followed by a reimbursement request (Word file), payroll form (as needed, spreadsheet), list of materials (spreadsheet), and other required supporting documentation.

WRAP allocations must be spent by June 30, 2023, with final reimbursement requests submitted by July 15, 2023. No contract extensions will be allowed. Unused allocations will not be available for use beyond the close of the fiscal year. Communities will receive reimbursements by Sept. 30, 2023.

If the total amount of WRAP reimbursement requests submitted to MassDOT is less than the original allocation, the remainder will be de-obligated and no longer available to the municipality. In the event that a city or town’s contractor claims to be unavailable due to other work, said contractor will be allowed to subcontract work related to WRAP.

Similar programs to WRAP were enacted in 2014 and 2015. Past grant allocations were based on the Chapter 90 funding formula, but this year’s WRAP distributions are calculated based on municipal road mileage.

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