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Gov. Patrick Adds $50M For Local Roads, Bridges

Gov. Deval Patrick's administration has released an additional $50 million to cities and towns for local road and bridge projects.

The allocation follows final approval by the Legislature of a transportation financing law and brings to $200 million the total amount of so-called Chapter 90 funding made available to communities so far this year.

That's still short of the record $300 million that lawmakers had authorized for local roads and bridges pending the final outcome of the transportation bill. But Patrick has said the bill — which became law last week over his veto — does not provide sufficient resources to address all of the state's transportation needs.

The new law includes higher taxes on gasoline and cigarettes that went into effect on Wednesday.

This program aired on July 31, 2013. The audio for this program is not available.

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