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Virginia gets $57.3 million bonus from federal transportation funds

Virginia has received an additional $57.3 million in federal funds for transportation originally allocated to other states.

The Virginia Department of Transportation will use the additional funding for projects in the agency’s nine districts:

• $16.7 million for interstate highway paving;

• $25.6 million for primary road paving;

• $13.7 million for secondary road paving;

• and $1.3 million for preventative maintenance on bridges.

In the Richmond District, VDOT plans to use $8.2 million of the additional money — the single largest project allocation from the federal “bonus” funds — for pavement work on Interstate 85 in Dinwiddie and Brunswick counties, the department said.

This month, VDOT will make its recommendations for the funds’ use to the Commonwealth Transportation Board, which has final approval on how money is spent on projects.

“This ‘bonus’ funding, along with the new and sustainable funding from the (state) transportation bill, will enhance VDOT’s ability to move projects forward and continue to improve the condition of our roads,” said Gov. Bob McDonnell in a statement Monday.


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