The futures of some of the state's top road and transit projects were set by Massachusetts transportation officials today, with Gov. Charlie Baker's MassDOT signing off on a $1.28 billion Transportation Department budget for the coming fiscal year.

Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack doesn't think the current turmoil over lower-than-expected revenue will affect transportation projects, but she's willing to make changes if necessary. Pollack told reporters that most transportation dollars come from their own fund, not the general appropriation fund that's currently under stress.

"We understand that the Commonwealth as a whole is is going need to make some cuts to make fiscal '17 work, and whatever the conference committee and the governor decides the [MassDOT] budget will be adjusted to reflect whatever new number might be provided," she said.

Much of the annual budget for transportation operations and projects is based on toll revenue from the Massachusetts Turnpike. Tolls on the western portion of the highway have long been a point of contention, but officials aren't ready to give up the revenue stream just yet. MassDOT Highway officials agreed that since the roads aren't good enough to be considered in "good repair," the toll charges need to stay in place for now. The pike will switch over to an electronic gantry toll system in 2017.

The board also signed off on a contract to overhaul the stretch of Commonwealth Avenue from Boston University Bridge to Packard's corner. New bike-friendly cycle tracks with physical safety barriers will replace a lane of traffic on either side of the road. MassDOT Highway Administrator Tom Timlin told reporters after the meeting that the stretch of Comm. Ave had seen "an inordinate amount of bicycle crashes, and actually a couple of high-profile fatalities as well."

"Studies have clearly shown that separated bike facilities from general traffic—think of it as a physical obstruction as opposed to just paint on the road, although that's an important tool as well—increases safety exponentially," Timlin said.

Timlin said he expects a groundbreaking for the Comm. Ave project soon.