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Transportation Secretary Slater Announces $495 Million for States in Highway Discretionary Funds

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Transportation Secretary Slater Announces $495 Million for States in Highway Discretionary Funds

Federal Highway Administration
November 2, 1998

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, November 2, 1998
Contact: Jim Pinkelman
Telephone: 202-366-0660
FHWA 50-98

U.S. Transportation Secretary Rodney E. Slater today announced $495 million in Federal Highway Administration discretionary funds for infrastructure projects in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

"President Clinton is committed to preparing America for the domestic and global challenges of the 21st century," Secretary Slater said. "These strategic infrastructure investments will not only create jobs, but also improve the transportation systems that are vital to our economy and our daily lives."

The funds will be made available to states for projects in six categories: construction and improvement of roads formally designated as scenic byways; interstate maintenance, for repair and improvements to the Interstate Highway System; interstate completion, for completion of parts of the Interstate Highway System not yet completed; repair of deficient bridges; construction of highways on public lands such as national parks; and ferry boats and terminals to facilitate movement of people and goods across inland and coastal waterways.

"We selected these projects using published criteria and our best professional judgment, investing funds strategically to provide the greatest benefit to highway users across the country," FHWA Administrator Kenneth R. Wykle said. "Over the last year, I have seen some of these projects firsthand, and I recognize how important they are to the states and their economies."

The FHWA allocated $34.4 million for scenic byways, $131.6 million for interstate maintenance; $63.4 million for interstate completion; $97.4 million for highways on public lands; $65 million for major bridge repair and $44 million for seismic bridge repair; and $59.3 million for ferry boats and terminals.

FHWA discretionary funds are made available upon selection by the Secretary of Transportation following requests from states for funds for projects that meet criteria established by federal law and Department of Transportation regulations and procedures.

Utah received the largest allocation, $90 million, with two-thirds of it for interstate maintenance to prepare for the Winter Olympics and Paralympics, $18 million for public lands highways and $11 million for bridge improvements.

States received allocations of funds in amounts indicated in the following table:

Fiscal Year 1998 and 1998 Allocations
For Federal Highway Administration Discretionary Funds

 

State

Scenic

Interstate

Interstate

Public Lands

Major

Seismic

Ferry

State

Total

Byways

Maintenance

Completion

Highways

Bridges

Bridges

Boats

Alabama

$11,880,000

$120,000

     

$11,760,000

   

Alaska

$16,380,400

$330,400

   

$6,050,000

   

$10,000,000

Arizona

$10,691,326

$3,294,526

   

$7,396,800

     

Arkansas

$4,796,524

$1,046,524

$2,000,000

 

$1,750,000

     

California

$69,874,529

$784,729

 

$30,000,000

$5,308,000

 

$30,025,000

$3,756,800

Colorado

$42,387,482

$1,853,482

$32,000,000

 

$4,750,000

$3,784,000

   

Connecticut

$4,150,700

$600,000

         

$3,550,700

Delaware

$12,285,000

 

$11,885,000

       

$400,000

D.C.

$1,800,000

     

$1,800,000

     

Florida

$4,709,000

$509,000

   

$4,200,000

     

Georgia

$2,224,800

$124,800

   

$2,100,000

     

Hawaii

$3,545,000

     

$545,000

   

$3,000,000

Idaho

$2,549,350

$649,300

   

$1,900,050

     

Illinois

$21,329,806

$1,004,806

$19,665,000

       

$660,000

Indiana

$230,320

$230,320

           

Kansas

$377,728

$377,728

           

Louisiana

$2,901,200

$501,200

         

$2,400,000

Maine

$3,580,000

$580,000

         

$3,000,000

Maryland

$2,120,000

$120,000

$2,000,000

         

Massachusets

$4,367,796

$67,796

   

$500,000

   

$3,800,000

Michigan

$660,000

   

$450,000

$210,000

     

Minnesota

$2,177,540

$1,677,540

   

$500,000

     

Mississippi

$2,200,000

     

$2,200,000

     

Missouri

$23,960,750

       

$16,920,750

$7,000,000

$40,000

Montana

$5,756,000

     

$5,756,000

     

Nebraska

$427,000

$427,000

           

Nevada

$12,656,800

$56,800

   

$12,600,000

     

New Hampshire

$4,160,755

$2,933,259

   

$1,227,496

     

New Jersey

$5,000,000

           

$5,000,000

New Mexico

$7,516,193

$3,016,193

   

$4,500,000

     

New York

$7,932,424

$2,812,424

   

$480,000

   

$4,640,000

North Carolina

$16,467,444

$723,376

$4,000,000

$7,744,068

     

$4,000,000

Ohio

$15,405,220

$405,220

 

$10,000,000

 

$5,000,000

   

Oklahoma

$2,323,552

$63,552

   

$2,260,000

     

Oregon

$6,684,899

$3,079,899

   

$2,800,000

   

$805,000

Pennsylvania

$876,000

$76,000

         

$800,000

Rhode Island

$4,333,500

$116,000

   

$2,500,000

   

$1,717,500

South Carolina

$5,914,540

$338,040

   

$76,500

$5,500,000

   

South Dakota

$1,120,000

$1,120,000

           

Tennessee

$7,028,800

$28,800

       

$7,000,000

 

Texas

$12,600,000

   

$11,000,000

     

$1,600,000

Utah

$89,993,625

$593,625

$60,000,000

 

$16,000,000

$11,000,000

 

$2,400,000

Vermont

$1,961,646

$36,000

   

$1,925,646

     

Virginia

$2,773,530

$2,173,530

   

$600,000

     

Washington

$21,801,876

$1,163,076

 

$4,220,000

$418,800

$11,000,000

 

$5,000,000

West Virginia

$2,905,428

$935,428

   

$1,250,000

   

$720,000

Wisconsin

$637,600

     

$637,600

     

Wyoming

$5,529,200

$399,200

   

$5,130,000

     

Puerto Rico

$2,013,600

$13,600

         

$2,000,000

Total

$494,998,883

$34,383,173

$131,550,000

$63,414,068

$97,371,892

$64,964,750

$44,025,000

$59,290,000



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