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Area Governments Receive Bonus Federal Transportation Funds

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Virginia already has plans to put extra federal dollars to work fixing up roads like I-95 near Richmond.
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Virginia already has plans to put extra federal dollars to work fixing up roads like I-95 near Richmond.

D.C., Maryland and Virginia are receiving millions of dollars in bonus federal transportation funds that other states didn't use this fiscal year.

The funding is part of a fiscal year-end wrap up process from the Federal Highway Administration. Each September, states that do not have projects ready to go have to give back federal funds they received. That money can then be redistributed to states that have commited their original funding and are ready to move ahead with additional projects.

This year, Maryland will receive $28.5 million, D.C. will receive $8.6 million, and Virginia will receive $52 million.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell says the Commonwealth Department of Transportation plans to use its money primarily for repaving and rehabilitating sections of Interstates 95 and 85 in the Richmond region and Interstate 264 in Hampton Roads. 

The Commonwealth Transportation Board must approve the plan.

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