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Senate Passes Environmental Bond Bill

| July 11, 2014

Milton, MA — The Senate has passed a four-year, $1.7 billion Environmental Bond Bill with multiple initiatives by Senator Brian A. Joyce, including $7.5 million for the creation of a new Neponset River park and canoe launch near Truman Parkway in Milton and $10 million for design, signalization, safety improvements, sidewalks and aesthetic improvements on Brush Hill Road and Truman Parkway.

The legislation will also invest in tree plantings to promote energy savings and storm water mitigation, reduce energy consumption at state sites to save taxpayer money, support Massachusetts’ Green Bonds Program, and invest in a Water Infrastructure Trust Fund to support a growing economy.

Including the new Neponset River park and Brush Hill Road improvements, the bill also contains spending authorizations for Milton that provide:

• $2.5 million for improvements and repairs at the Trailside Museum;

• $1.25 million for improvements to the Blue Hills Ski Area;

• $2.5 million for the preservation and restoration of the Blue Hills Observatory;

• At least $1 million for aesthetic, pedestrian and vehicular traffic improvements at the intersection of Neponset Valley Parkway and Brush Hill Road;

• $1 million for landscape and aesthetic improvements along the Neponset River Greenway, and;

• Funds to create a signature park at John L. Kelly Field.

All spending authorizations will need to be included in the final version of the bill and then approved and released by the administration in the future.





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