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Senate Passes Bill Funding Improvements In Dracut

Feb 16, 2018 05:51AM ● By Theresa Gilman

Statehouse

(Editor's Note: the following information was provided by the office of State Senator Barbara L’Italien.)

BOSTON – The Massachusetts Senate today voted to authorize up to $3.65 billion in bonds for repairs and improvements of capital facilities across the Commonwealth.

Spending authorizations in the bill include bonds for state university and community college campus improvements, public safety and security facilities and clean energy and efficiency programs – including $4,000,000 for the updating and construction of a new fire station in Dracut, secured by State Senator Barbara L’Italien.

“Investing in capital projects across the commonwealth ensures our facilities are well-maintained so that health, safety, education, and quality of life are supported in our communities,” said L’Italien. “Proper transportation infrastructure is key to our society, and so I look forward to the long-awaited reconstruction of this intersection.”

The bill authorizes the issuance of bonds for the improvement of capital facilities and for general government operations, including:

  • $680 million for general state facility improvements;
  • $675 million for trial court facility improvements;
  • $500 million for public safety and security facilities;
  • $475 million for state university and community college campus improvements;
  • $475 million for the University of Massachusetts system campus improvements;
  • $193.4 million for a municipal facility improvement grant program;
  • $150 million for the Accelerated Energy and Resiliency program, which develops and implements energy and water savings projects statewide;
  • $85 million for the Clean Energy Investment Program to improve the energy efficiency of state-owned facilities.

In addition, the bill increases several project control and supervision, design and construction thresholds for the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance, to keep pace with current costs of construction in Massachusetts.

The bill will now be reconciled with a version passed by the House of Representatives. 

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