States to get funds for speedy road construction

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Arizona, Georgia, Maine, Missouri, Oregon and Virginia each will receive up to $1 million in federal dollars to reduce traffic jams near construction zones.

Managed by the Federal Highway Administration, the Highways for Life program allocates grant money to the states to build roads faster, while making them last longer and less costly to maintain. These states are the first round of 2007 recipients, with more to be announced in coming months.

The first grants are:

  • $1 million to help rebuild a section of Route 179 in Sedona, Ariz.
  • $1 million to help build a new interchange on Interstate 85 in Troup County, Ga. The state also will receive a waiver of the 20 percent state match, which will save the state $15.9 million.
  • $412,000 for bridge replacements in Maine on Highway 116 in Old Town and on Route 4 in Addison.
  • $1 million to help rebuild a section of I-29/I-35 in Kansas City, Mo., including the Missouri River crossing.
  • $1 million to help replace five bridges on Oregon 38 between Drain and Elkton.
  • $1 million to help repair a two-lane ramp on I-66 at U.S. 50 in Fairfax County, Va. The state also will receive a waiver for that project and a bridge replacement on Route 15/29 in Prince William County. The two waivers will save Virginia $4.6 million.