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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, November 3, 2000
Contact: Jim Pinkelman
Tel.: 202-366-0660
FHWA 106-00

For Interstate Maintenance
U.S. Transportation Secretary Slater Announces $87.9 Million in Discretionary Funds for States

U.S. Transportation Secretary Rodney E. Slater today announced $87.9 million in Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) discretionary funds for Interstate maintenance projects in 18 states.

"Continued strategic investment will improve America's transportation system," President Clinton said. "By helping to maintain our historic Interstate system, this funding will strengthen transportation, create jobs across the country, and yield significant dividends in terms of safety and economic growth."

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 USDOT regulations and procedures. Congress also makes decisions on some grants.

The Interstate Maintenance Discretionary Program provides funds for resurfacing, restoration, rehabilitation and reconstruction work, including added lanes to increase capacity, on most existing Interstate system routes. Under federal law, the federal share of the costs for any project eligible under this program is 90 percent, or 80 percent on projects or that part of the work involving added single-occupancy vehicle lanes to increase capacity.

"The Interstate Highway System is a critical link in America's transportation network and maintaining it is important to all Americans and these grants will help ensure that people and freight continue to move safely and efficiently," Secretary Slater said. "President Clinton and Vice President Gore have demonstrated that investing wisely in transportation will improve safety, increase efficiency and strengthen the economy."

The Interstate Maintenance program was established by the Surface Transportation Assistance Act of 1982 and has been continued through subsequent legislation, including the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), which President Clinton signed into law in June 1998.

The Interstate maintenance discretionary program is administered by the FHWA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Further information about the Interstate Maintenance program is on the Internet at www.fhwa.dot.gov. Totals for the states are in the following table:

Interstate Maintenance Discretionary Program
Fiscal Year 2001 Awards

State Project Funding
Arkansas I-40; Between Brinkley&Goodwin - Rehabilitation of 11.49 miles of Interstate 40 consisting of rubblizing and compacting the existing portland cement concrete pavement and resurfacing with a twelve-inch asphalt concrete hot mix. New edge drains will be installed. $ 8,000,000
Colorado I-25 in the City and County of Denver between Broadway and Santa Fe Boulevard. Phase 1 of the replacement of the I-25/Broadway Viaduct. This is the initial phase of a multi-phased reconstruction and modernization of the viaduct and adjacent interchanges at Broadway, Santa Fe and Alameda. $4,400,000
Connecticut I-95, from 0.25 miles south of Norton Ave. in Darien northerly to East Ave. in Norwalk, a distance of 5.70 miles. The project includes removal of the existing grass median, removal of temporary median barrier curb, construction of up to 12 ft. wide paved left shoulders and installation of 45" concrete median barrier curb in the center of the median. Also includes pavement rehabilitation and resurfacing on both mainline and ramps, reconstruction of right shoulders, median drainage improvements and safety improvements. $2,500,000
Delaware I-95 Viaduct, south of the City of Wilmington to Fourth St., City of Wilmington. The proposed work on the Viaduct includes painting, concrete patching of columns, pier caps and traffic barriers, replacement of high rocker bearings, replacement of bronze sliding plate expansion bearings, repair of pier caps, increase pier cap elevations, installation of new bearings and installation of cable restraint system. $4,400,000
Florida I-275 from Floribraska Avenue to Yukon St. Add lanes adjacent to existing pavement on northbound section from Floribraska Avenue to Hillsborough Avenue. All existing concrete pavement on northbound as well as southbound sections from Floribraska Avenue to Yukon St. will be rehabilitated. $2,500,000
Indiana I-65: from the L & I Railroad south of Stansifer to 0.7 miles north of Eastern Boulevard. Modification and modernization of ramps, signals and signs of a portion of I-65 about 2.8 km. long. Addition of two lanes in each direction. Replacement of about 3.1 hectares of wetland. $4,400,000
Iowa I-80: eastbound lanes from the Cass County line east to IA 25 Adair County. Reconstruction of a 12.4 mile eastbound section of I-80 involving replacement of the pavement and shoulders. The existing 24-ft. pavement will be widened to 26 ft. $4,400,000
Kentucky I-75 Lexington-Covington; Banister Road to north of Mt. Zion-Crittenden Road. Widening of I-75 from two lanes each direction to three lanes each direction. The project includes improvements to several safety features like upgrading of guardrail and traffic signing and slope stability. $4,400,000
Maryland I-70 at MD 355 from Mt. Philip Road to MD 144; Construction of new Interchange for WB I-70 MD 355 including new structure over I-70. Remove existing ramps for WB I-70 and MD 355. Construction Walser Drive from MD 355 to South St. This project is part of the 2nd phase of a 6-phase project to upgrade 5.3 miles of I-70. $4,400,000
Michigan I-275/M-14/I-96 Interchange in the City of Livonia, Plymouth Township. Reconstruct three to four lanes of pavement. Included are the rehabilitation of eight bridges in the interchange and the replacement of thirty high mast tower lights within the interchange and the reconstruction of the east and west bound lanes through and just east of the interchange, including median barrier and ramps. $4,400,000
Minnesota I-35W from TH 62 in Richfield to Minnehaha Creek in Minneapolis; Reconstruction of the entire mainline including the common section with TH 62 and the construction of HOV lanes to reduce congestion. Also includes the construction or reconstruction of 21 bridges. $4,400,000
Mississippi I-220 at Industrial Drive; Construct an interchange at Industrial Drive. $2,500,000
Missouri Junction of Routes I-435/I-470/US71, and includes all of I-435 from north of Bannister Rd south to Grandview Road. This is the first of five projects that make up the project known locally as the Grandview Triangle. These projects will completely redesign and replace the I-435/I-470/US71 interchanges and will also include work on the eight other interchanges. $4,400,000
New Mexico I-25/I-40 Interchange east to Tramway reconstruction; This phase of the overall I-25/I-40 to Tramway project is composed of two projects: reconstruction of the east bound lanes of I-40 between the Wyoming and Juan Tabo Interchanges and reconstruction of the west bound lanes of I-40 between the Wyoming and Tramway Interchanges. $8,000,000
Ohio IR-280 from Navarre Avenue (State Route 2) in the City of Oregon to IR-75 in the City of Toledo; Work is a portion of the Maumee River Crossing Project. This portion is for roadway rehabilitation leading to the new bridge over the Maumee River, including replacement of existing bridges, widening of existing IR-280 from four to six lanes and related work. $4,400,000
South Carolina I-85 in Anderson County between MP 21.19 and MP 34.59; Widening the southbound and northbound roadways of I-85 for a distance of 13.4 miles from four lanes to six lanes. $8,000,000
Texas IH 635 at Y/s 75 (from MP 6.102 to MP 6.790); The overall project consists of total replacement of the IH 635/US 75 Interchange with a new 5-level directional interchange to include direct connectors, continuous frontage roads and dedicated High Occupancy Vehicle connections. $4,400,000
Utah I-15, Design Build Contract reconstruction. Provide 1 HOV lane in each direction, 1 general purpose lane in each direction and auxiliary lanes as needed. Project already under construction $8,000,000
Total   $87,900,000

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