BOSTON (AP) - The Massachusetts Senate has passed a nearly $1.4 billion transportation bond bill to fund infrastructure projects throughout the state.
State senators unanimously approved their version of the bond bill Tuesday afternoon. A conference committee must now reconcile the differences between the Senate's bill and the House of Representatives' approved bill before the legislative session ends July 31.
The Senate's bill authorizes the state to borrow $683 million and includes federal funding for transportation projects that total $1.39 billion.
Sen. Thomas McGee, a Lynn Democrat and chair of the legislature's Joint Transportation Committee, said the bill will be part of a larger discussion regarding future infrastructure improvements in Massachusetts. He also praised the Senate's proposal for its ability to create more jobs in the state through construction projects.