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Clark announces funding for state transportation projects

Posted by Marcia Dick  April 16, 2012 06:57 AM

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The following was submitted by the office of State Senator Katherine Clark, who represents Malden, wards 1-5 in Melrose, Reading, Stoneham, and Wakefield:

BOSTON – The Senate on Thursday passed legislation that will provide funding to continue current transportation-related projects through Fiscal Year 2013, Senator Katherine Clark announced. 

“This critical investment in state road, bridge, and rail transportation projects is important for our continued economic recovery, and the Chapter 90 funds will provide for much needed repairs to local roads throughout our district and the state,” said Clark (D-Melrose), Senate chair of the Joint Committee on Revenue.

“Keeping our roads and bridges in working order is essential for the health and safety of our residents and for our local economy,” Senate President Therese Murray (D-Plymouth) said. “These funds will serve as another boost to the construction and maintenance of municipal roads and bridges and it’s important that we continue to fund these projects to support our communities as they grow their businesses and try to create jobs. It is vital that we give our cities and towns the resources they need to make necessary infrastructure investments.”

Senator Thomas M. McGee (D-Lynn), chair of the Joint Committee on Transportation and lead sponsor of this bill, said: “This Transportation Bond Bill will allow us to fund ongoing projects as well as gain access to federal dollars. Chapter 90 funds are vital to improving the infrastructure of our cities and towns and it is great that we have made this commitment.  We need to continue to make this type of investment throughout our statewide transportation system.”

The bill authorizes the state 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 also includes $200 million in Chapter 90 funds for cities and towns across the Commonwealth that may be used for local projects such as rebuilding and repairing local roads and bridges.  This represents the highest funding level to date.

The bill now goes to the House of Representatives.












Katherine Clark represents Malden and Melrose. She can be reached at 617-722-1206 or Katherine.Clark@masenate.gov.

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