Virginia receives $55.5 million in ‘bonus’ federal funds to improve state roads and bridges

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) received an additional $55.5 million in federal funds that was originally allocated to other states.

he Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) reallocated the money to Virginia and other states that have projects in the pipeline ready for work to begin, since there weren’t any projects on their agenda to use the funding.

“Virginia aggressively pursues federal dollars for transportation, maximizing all resources available, which leaves us in an excellent position to get more funding,” said Governor McAuliffe. “By carefully investing federal tax dollars to deliver road and bridge improvements and having projects ready to go, we have put our Commonwealth in a position to benefit from additional funds that would have gone to other states. My administration is committed to spending every single transportation dollar to ease congestion and help build a new Virginia economy.”

The bonus money will fund work to re-pave 400 lane miles of roadways across the state and improve 17 interstate bridges.

“The ‘bonus’ funding will go toward rehabilitating Virginia’s aging bridges and pavements across the state,” explained VDOT Commissioner Charlie Kilpatrick. “VDOT is committed to keeping our existing infrastructure of 57,867 miles of roadways and 20,900 bridges in safe and good condition.”

Each fall, the FHWA reviews all states’ ability to commit allocated highway dollars as the federal fiscal year ends. States that cannot obligate federal funding must return that spending authority to the FHWA. The funds are then redistributed to states that can obligate all of their federal allocations and have additional eligible projects ready to move forward.

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