Help could soon be on the way for cities like New Bedford dealing with post-winter improvements.

Representative Antonio Cabral has advanced a bill through the House Committe on Bonding, which he chairs, that authorizes up to $200 million for the maintenance of roads and bridges managed by municipalities throughout the state. The allocation is in addition to another $100 million released in January.

Under the legislation, New Bedford will recieve $2.1 million, the sixth highest allocation of those funds in the state.

In a press release, Cabral says "These state monies are essential for making sure people can travel safely and that we can put the harmful effects of this winter behind us."

The bill now goes before the full House for approval.