2012 Massachusetts General Laws
PART I ADMINISTRATION OF THE GOVERNMENT(Chapters 1 through 182)
TITLE XIV PUBLIC WAYS AND WORKS
CHAPTER 82 THE LAYING OUT, ALTERATION, RELOCATION AND DISCONTINUANCE OF PUBLIC WAYS, AND SPECIFIC REPAIRS THEREON
Section 12 Payment of damages and costs of construction
Section 12. When a highway has been finally laid out, altered, relocated, discontinued or maintenance discontinued, or when specific repairs are ordered on an existing highway by the county commissioners, the county shall be primarily liable for all damages thereby caused, or for all amounts awarded or assessed as indemnity. The commissioners shall determine what proportion if any of the expenses of the proceedings, cost of construction, damages and indemnity shall be assessed upon the land benefited under chapter eighty and whether the remainder, if any, shall be borne by the county, or by the towns in which the parts of the highway are respectively located. The commissioners shall notify each such town of any balance due from such town to the county under this section and may enforce payment as provided in section fifteen.
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