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U.S. Transportation Secretary Slater Announces $540,000 for Puerto Rico in Highway Discretionary Funds

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Slater Announces $540,000 for Puerto Rico in Highway Discretionary Funds

Federal Highway Administration
November 3, 2000

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, November 3, 2000
Contact: Jim Pinkelman
Tel.: 202-366-0660
FHWA 118-00

U.S. Transportation Secretary Rodney E. Slater today said that Puerto Rico will receive $540,000 in Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) discretionary funds.

"President Clinton and Vice President Gore recognize the need for continued strategic investment that will improve America’s transportation system," Secretary Slater said. "This funding will strengthen our transportation system, create jobs in Puerto Rico, and yield significant dividends in terms of safety, mobility and economic growth."

Grants were provided to Puerto Rico in two categories. The categories, number of grants and the totals provided, are:

  • Scenic Byways, one grant for $40,000;
  • Innovative Bridge Research and Construction Program, one grant for $500,000.

    Scenic Byways are outstanding roads through areas recognized for their special historic, cultural, natural, or other qualities. Under the National Scenic Byways Program, the states, including Puerto Rico, and byways use the funds to develop and implement corridor management plans, construct scenic byway facilities (such as overlooks, interpretative centers, signs and exhibits), develop interpretative brochures, maps and information, and promote Scenic Byways.

    The Innovative Bridge Research and Construction Program provides funds to help states and municipalities, including Puerto Rico, incorporate innovative materials and materials technologies in their bridge projects.

    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. Congress also makes decisions on some grants.

    Further information about the projects is on the Internet at www.fhwa.dot.gov.

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