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Downing votes for transportation bond bill
April 13, 2012

BOSTON State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D- Pittsfield) announces today that the Massachusetts Senate passed legislation yesterday that will provide capital funding to continue current transportation-related projects through Fiscal Year 2013. 
 
“Keeping our roads and bridges in working order is essential for the health and safety of our residents and for our local economy,” said Downing. “Of special interest to me are the Chapter 90 funds authorized in this bond, which will boost the construction, maintenance and repair of local road and bridge projects statewide. It is vital that we give our cities and towns the resources they need to make these necessary infrastructure investments.”
 
The transportation bond bill authorizes the Commonwealth to borrow $885 million to fund existing programs, ensuring that state dollars will be available to leverage federal funding for transportation improvement projects totaling $1.5 billion.
 
The legislation includes $200 million in Chapter 90 funds for cities and towns to use in Fiscal Year 2013 for local projects, such as rebuilding and repairing local roads and bridges. This represents the highest funding level to date and a major priority of local officials throughout western Massachusetts.
 
The bill now goes to the House of Representatives.
 
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