Special to the Journal
The Massachusetts House of Representatives passed a transportation and infrastructure bill authorizing $10.9 billion for projects, including $2.8 billion for highway upgrades across the Commonwealth and $1.4 billion for sustainable transit modernization. Additionally, State Representative Jeffrey Rosario Turco (D- Winthrop) secured over $2 million dollars to fund projects specifically benefitting residents of both Winthrop and Revere.
As part of a wider strategy to mitigate the negative effects of the ongoing construction in the Sumner Tunnel, Rep. Turco successfully obtained $1,000,000 to finance the design and construction of additional ferry service vehicle parking at the town landing in Winthrop. In another major coup, Turco won $500,000 for the implementation of safety improvements to the notoriously congested intersection between Bennington Street and Winthrop Avenue in the Beachmont section of Revere. The representative then scored a victory for Yirrell Beach and the residents of the Point Shirley neighborhood, obtaining $450,000 for the design, engineering and construction of an environmentally appropriated parking lot along Shirley Street to support community use of Winthropâ€™s most popular beach. Lastly, Turco secured a $60,000 earmark to fund the purchase of a new electric vehicle for the Department of Public Works in Winthrop.
â€œAll and all, I am thrilled with the final version of this bill,â€ said Rep. Turco. â€œNot only does it address some of the Commonwealthâ€™s most pressing infrastructure needs by enhancing our highways, bridges and public transit systems, but it allocates significant funding to projects in Winthrop and Revere. I am especially excited about the $1,000,000 to build out the Winthrop public landing. With the Sumner Tunnel project slated to continue into 2023, this money is truly critical for Winthrop.â€
The transportation bond bill, officially known as â€œAn Act relative to Massachusettsâ€™s transportation resources and climateâ€ (H.4897), passed the House of Representatives 155-0. It now moves to the Senate for further consideration.