New England News
8:00 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Gov. Patrick Signs Transportation Bond Bill

   Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has signed into law a $1.5 billion transportation bond bill. WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports.

   Approved late on the final day of the legislative session last month the bill authorizes borrowing to pay for  road, bridge and  rail projects across the state.  It also includes hundreds of earmarks put in by legislators for projects in their local districts. Governor Patrick,in a statement announcing the bill signing, said his administration had targeted projects  to improve the  state’s infrastructure which  had suffered from years of neglect.  The bond bill anticipates matching federal funds to help pay for most of the projects.