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Senate to debate transportation bond bill; Senator Downing secures authorization for local projects
July 23, 2012

BOSTON – Tomorrow, July 24, 2012, the Massachusetts Senate will debate the transportation bond bill, S.2360, An Act Financing Improvements to the Commonwealth’s Transportation System. The bond bill includes authorizations, secured by State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D- Pittsfield), for three local projects: the Woodlawn Avenue railroad bridge (Pittsfield); Black Brook Road (Savoy); and, Washington Mountain Road (Dalton, Becket and Washington).
 
The legislation authorizes major, long-term transportation projects to be funded through the sale of bonds and other long-term borrowing.  Projects such as the repair and construction of roads, bridges and tunnels are funded through the capital budget – a long term borrowing plan for the improvement of infrastructure in the Commonwealth. The transportation bond, once enacted by the legislature and signed by the Governor, provides a roadmap of potential projects to become a part of the capital improvement plan.
 
In the Senate Ways and Means draft of the transportation bond, as reported out of committee last week, Senator Downing secured authorizations for three major infrastructure projects in his district. S. 2360 includes $2 million for the demolition and replacement of the Woodlawn Avenue railroad bridge at the William Stanley Business Park in the City of Pittsfield; $1.6 million for the reconstruction of Black Brook Road in the town of Savoy; and $750,000 for the reconstruction of Washington Mountain Road through the towns of Dalton, Becket and Washington.
 
The Woodlawn Avenue authorization is contingent upon work being completed before the end of calendar year 2013 – a provision Senator Downing hopes will ensure timely construction of this crucial access point to the business park.
 
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