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U.S. Transportation Secretary Slater Announces $286 Million for States in Highway Discretionary Funds

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American Government Topics:  Rodney E. Slater

U.S. Transportation Secretary Slater Announces $286 Million for States in Highway Discretionary Funds

Federal Highway Administration
December 21, 1999

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, December 21, 1999
Contact: Jim Pinkelman
Telephone: 202-366-0660
FHWA 81-99

U.S. Transportation Secretary Rodney E. Slater today announced $286 million in Federal Highway Administration discretionary funds for infrastructure projects in 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

"President Clinton and Vice President Gore recognize that an investment in our nation’s infrastructure is an investment in the American people," Slater said. "The projects we are funding will yield significant dividends in terms of safety, mobility, economic growth, creating jobs and improving the quality of life in communities across the nation."

The funds will be made available to states for projects in seven categories: construction and improvement of roads formally designated as scenic byways; interstate maintenance, for repair and improvements to the Interstate Highway System; repair of deficient bridges; repair of deficient bridges that need seismic retrofitting; innovative bridge research; 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.

"These funds will enable critical transportation projects to move forward," FHWA Administrator Kenneth R. Wykle said. "This is the kind of strategic economic investment that will strengthen our transportation system and carry us into the new millennium."

The FHWA allocated $20.3 million for scenic byways, $88.5 million for interstate maintenance; $42.8 million for highways on public lands; $65.3 million for major bridge repair; $21.8 million for seismic retrofitting for bridges; $15.9 million for innovative bridge research; and $31.4 million for ferry boats and terminals.

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

Utah received the largest allocation, $31.9 million. Totals for the states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are in the following table:

FY 2000 Discretionary Funds - Initial Project Announcements

 

State Total

Ferry Boats

Public Lands Highways

Discretionary Bridges-Major

Discretionary Bridges-Seismic

Innovative Bridge Research

Interstate Maintenance

Scenic Byways

Alabama

$4,730,750

$304,850

     

$425,900

 

$4,000,000

Alaska

$10,780,410

$10,000,000

     

$350,400

 

$430,010

Arizona

$4,304,000

 

$4,000,000

       

$304,000

Arkansas

$15,002,936

$181,000

   

$4,064,800

 

$10,000,000

$757,136

California

$17,412,540

$1,175,000

$1,800,000

 

$11,613,000

$1,650,000

 

$1,174,540

Colorado

$15,606,246

 

$4,225,000

   

$700,000

$10,000,000

$681,246

Connecticut

$1,683,000

$696,800

     

$706,200

 

$280,000

Delaware

$1,016,000

$656,000

     

$220,000

 

$140,000

D.C.

$3,000,000

 

$3,000,000

         
Florida

$1,359,250

 

$871,000

   

$128,250

 

$360,000

Georgia

$1,283,840

       

$685,000

 

$598,840

Hawaii

$3,740,447

 

$3,048,500

   

$691,947

   
Idaho

$2,510,718

 

$2,392,000

       

$118,718

Illinois

$18,124,815

$149,000

 

$10,394,184

 

$230,000

$6,000,000

$1,351,631

Indiana

$10,108,008

       

$85,000

$10,000,000

$23,008

Iowa

$504,000

$139,000

     

$305,000

 

$60,000

Kansas

$2,733,240

   

$2,613,000

 

$20,000

 

$100,240

Kentucky

$3,312,000

$137,000

     

$575,000

$2,600,000

 
Louisiana

$973,536

       

$575,000

 

$398,536

Maine

$1,693,360

$1,150,000

     

$350,000

 

$193,360

Maryland

$4,362,500

       

$362,500

$4,000,000

 
Massachusetts

$146,300

       

$57,500

 

$88,800

Michigan

$15,168,695

$449,000

$400,000

$14,000,000

 

$160,000

 

$159,695

Minnesota

$986,573

       

$290,000

 

$696,573

Mississippi

$3,150,000

 

$320,000

   

$630,000

$2,000,000

$200,000

Missouri

$6,792,216

$50,000

 

$6,393,816

 

$230,000

 

$118,400

Montana

$459,000

       

$459,000

   
Nebraska

$1,593,500

 

$1,306,500

   

$287,000

   
Nevada

$7,366,880

 

$3,000,000

     

$4,000,000

$366,880

New Hampshire

$889,346

       

$300,000

 

$589,346

New Jersey

$5,000,000

$5,000,000

           
New Mexico

$20,566,758

 

$2,680,000

$7,200,000

   

$10,000,000

$686,758

New York

$1,346,160

$243,000

     

$315,000

 

$788,160

North Carolina

$2,520,899

$1,742,000

     

$525,000

 

$253,899

North Dakota

$58,000

       

$58,000

   
Ohio

$2,381,000

$871,000

     

$450,000

 

$1,060,000

Oklahoma

$520,400

       

$300,000

 

$220,400

Oregon

$6,908,410

 

$6,097,000

   

$384,000

 

$427,410

Pennsylvania

$1,770,500

$1,306,500

     

$464,000

   
Rhode Island

$2,102,000

$232,000

$1,742,000

       

$128,000

South Carolina

$341,300

       

$184,500

 

$156,800

South Dakota

$10,300

           

$10,300

Tennessee

$18,380,200

   

$8,240,000

$6,097,200

$43,000

$4,000,000

 
Texas

$1,543,000

$1,393,000

     

$150,000

   
Utah

$31,970,947

 

$5,835,700

   

$156,000

$25,881,952

$97,295

Vermont

$715,942

           

$715,942

Virginia

$2,199,150

 

$1,000,000

   

$591,150

 

$608,000

Washington

$19,434,936

$5,000,000

 

$13,000,000

 

$700,000

 

$734,936

West Virginia

$4,489,134

   

$3,484,000

 

$505,000

 

$500,134

Wisconsin

$1,456,825

$500,825

     

$620,000

 

$336,000

Wyoming

$1,386,000

 

$1,050,000

       

$336,000

Puerto Rico

$100,800

           

$100,800

TOTAL

$285,996,767

$31,375,975

$42,767,700

$65,325,000

$21,775,000

$15,919,347

$88,481,952

$20,351,793

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