U.S. Department of Transportation
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
U.S. Transportation Secretary Slater Announces $1.3 Million for Rhode Island in Highway Discretionary Funds
U.S. Transportation Secretary Rodney E. Slater today said that Rhode Island will receive $1.3 million 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 Rhode Island, and yield significant dividends in terms of safety, mobility and economic growth."
Grants were provided to Rhode Island in two categories. The categories, number of grants and the totals provided, are:
Ferry boat grants provide funds to facilitate movement of people and goods across inland and coastal waterways.
The Innovative Bridge Research and Construction Program provides funds to help states and municipalities 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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