The Massachusetts Turnpike Authority last week began seeking proposals from law firms specializing in bonds after the state's attorney general ruled the authority could proceed with a controversial $500 million capital program.

Gov. William F. Weld has opposed the authority's plan since it was announced April 3 because he views it as a threat to a proposed super-agency, the Massachusetts Intermodal Transportation Authority. The agency would include the state's now separate turnpike authority, plus the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and the Massachusetts Port Authority.

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