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For Immediate Release: 08/10/2012
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Governor Patrick Signs Transportation Bond Bill, Provides $1.5 Billion in State, Federal Funds for Road, Bridge, Rail Projects

Builds on Patrick-Murray Administration’s Historic Infrastructure Investments, Creates jobs across the state

BOSTON-  Friday, August 10, 2012 -  Governor Deval Patrick today signed the 2012 Transportation Bond Bill that continues funding for transportation infrastructure projects across the Commonwealth.  The bill authorizes a total investment of $1.5 billion for Fiscal Year 2013, including $885 million in state funds that leverage federal funds for state road, bridge, rail and regional transit projects, continuing funding for the final year of the five-year 2008 Transportation Bond Bill.

“Our transportation infrastructure had suffered from years of neglect, so this Administration started rebuilding roads, rails and bridges in every corner of our state and creating thousands of jobs,” said Governor Patrick.  “This is how we are strengthening our state’s economy and quality of life for the long term.”

“By investing in transportation infrastructure projects, we are supporting local and regional economies across the state,” said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray. “This transportation funding builds upon our Administration's commitment to investing in our roads, bridges and rail to strengthen our communities and foster economic development opportunities.”

In addition to the five-year Transportation Bond Bill, the Patrick-Murray Administration has made significant additional investments through the 2008 Accelerated Bridge Program (ABP), the largest statewide infrastructure investment program ever.  ABP has already reduced the number of structurally-deficient bridges by nearly 20 percent.

Governor Patrick last month also signed the Chapter 90 funding bill to provide cities and towns with $200 million in state funds for local road and bridge projects for the fiscal year that began on July 1, 2012.

"The Patrick-Murray Administration working with the legislature has literally doubled our state’s investment in transportation infrastructure since 2007, and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation remains committed to spending these funds strategically to maintain our roads, bridges, rail and trails,” said Transportation Secretary Richard A. Davey.

The Transportation bill signed today also includes Greenway Conservancy Board changes.  The Board is now subject to the state opening meetings law and is reconstituted with 21 members, including members chosen from nominees selected by the board from a list of names provided by the Governor, area Senator and Representative, Mayor of Boston, Secretaries of Transportation and Energy and Environmental Affairs, and local neighborhood associations.

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