The Select Board and Town Manager's Office continue to work aggressively to pursue all funding available to repair and maintain roads throughout the Town. While Chapter 90 funding is the primary funding source for road repair, the Town has and will continue to find alternative funding sources. We continue to lobby our state legislators to secure additional Chapter 90 funds at a level that is sufficient for the needs of Tyngsborough.
Over the last five years, the Town of Tyngsborough has become increasingly creative with funding measures to supplement the limited funding it receives from the Commonwealth for road maintenance. For instance, in Fiscal Year (FY) 22 Tyngsborough received roughly $400,000 in Chapter 90 Funding from the state and supplemented that funding with roughly $600k of local funding through a mix of sources to create a $1,000,000 road improvement project. Cities and Towns can no longer simply rely on Chapter 90 funding and these funding issues require creative solutions such as those that Tyngsborough has deployed.
Part of Tyngsborough's road maintenance plan focuses heavily on maintenance while periodically addressing streets whose conditions are so bad that they require full-depth reclamations. This allows the Town to spread the limited funding out to more miles of roadway in order to prevent more roads from entering the failed, or failing category. It also allows us to appropriately address those failed roads over time. View a full copy of the roads presentation.
An analysis of Tyngsborough roads showed that by funding roadway improvements of roughly $1.3 million, the Town of Tyngsborough will maintain its current average Pavement Condition Index (PCI) of 72. By increasing the budget to $1.9 million annually, Tyngsborough could increase its PCI to 77. The proposed budget for FY2023 is $1,000,000.
To report a pothole or inquire about the status of a road, please call the Tyngsborough Highway Department at 978-649-2310.