BOSTON (AP) - State Transportation Secretary Richard Davey is pressing the Massachusetts Senate to approve a transportation bond bill, warning further delays could delay critical projects.

In a letter on Monday to Senate President Therese Murray and all other members of the chamber, Davey said contracts have already been awarded for 51 projects totaling about $261 million, but work can't begin until the Legislature authorizes borrowing.

The bill has already passed the Massachusetts House.

Davey said his agency is also ready to advertise another 76 highway projects worth about $300 million.

He said other projects that could face delay without prompt approval of the bond bill is the procurement of new Red and Orange Line subway cars, the Silver Line extension to Chelsea and the purchase of new buses for the MBTA and regional transit authorities.


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