Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is to immediately provide for an accelerated transportation development and improvement program for the commonwealth, therefore it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public convenience.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
SECTION 1. Notwithstanding the provisions of any general or special law to the contrary, the department of public works, hereinafter referred to as the department, is hereby authorized and directed to take all necessary actions to secure federal highway or mass transportation assistance which is or may become available to the department including, but not limited to, actions authorized under or in compliance with the provisions of Title 23 of the United States Code and section one hundred and forty-five of the Surface Transportation and Uniform Relocation Assistance Act of 1982, PL 97-424, the Surface Transportation and Uniform Relocation Act of 1987, PL 110-17, and actions such as filing applications for federal assistance, supervising the expenditure of funds under federal grants or other assistance agreements, and making any determinations and certifications necessary or appropriate to the foregoing. If any federal law, administrative regulation or practice requires any action relating to such federal assistance to be taken by any department, agency or other instrumentality of the commonwealth other than the department, such other department, agency or instrumentality is hereby authorized and directed to take such action.
In furtherance of the foregoing purposes, the department shall apply for and accept any federal funds available for projects authorized in section one of chapter thirty-three of the acts of nineteen hundred and ninety-one, and such federal funds when received shall be credited to the Federal Highway Construction Program Fund. To meet a portion of the expenditures authorized by said section one, there is hereby appropriated from the Federal Highway Construction Program Fund a sum of two billion four hundred twenty-four million eight hundred fifty-nine thousand four hundred eighty-nine dollars which shall be expended, subject to the limitations contained in Article LXXVIII of the Amendments to the Constitution of the Commonwealth and which shall be in addition to the amounts appropriated in section one of chapter fifteen of the acts of nineteen hundred and eighty-eight.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage.