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Senator Spilka Votes to Fund Important Local Infrastructure Projects

April 12, 2012

BOSTON – The Senate on Thursday passed legislation that will provide funding for local road and bridge work and help continue current transportation-related projects through Fiscal Year 2013, Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) announced.

“This will give our municipalities the additional resources they need to make necessary transportation infrastructure improvements and investments and will help the communities in my district get these important projects going,” said Spilka. “It is vital that we remain committed to supporting these transportation-related projects to ensure continued economic growth and job creation. I remain dedicated to advocating for continued investment in the projects that improve the quality of life of my constituents and the economic vitality of my district.”

The legislation 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 also 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.

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