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FHWA 16-09Contact: Doug Hecox
Wednesday, June 24, 2009Tel.: (202) 366-0660

Feds Release $140 Million to 36 States
New Resources to Help Communities Meet Transportation Needs

WASHINGTON - Thirty-six states were awarded nearly $140 million in additional federal aid this week to assist 249 transportation improvement projects, said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

The projects range from the widening of U.S. 17 in Putnam County, Fla., to streetscape improvements in Haverhill, Mass., to the replacement of US 159 Bridge at Rulo, Neb., near the Kansas-Missouri state line.

"Given the demands on the nation's transportation system, these grants will be a vital help to communities across the country," said Secretary LaHood.

Through the "Transportation, Community, and System Preservation" (TCSP) Program, states, local and Tribal governments may apply for federal funding to support methods of increasing transportation efficiency, roadway improvements and research.

In the years since the program's creation in 1998, nearly $800 million in TCSP grants have been awarded to improve national transportation efficiency, reduce environmental impacts of transportation and improve the cost-effectiveness of infrastructure investment.

The TCSP Program is managed by the Federal Highway Administration, in conjunction with the Federal Transit Administration, the Federal Rail Administration and the Research and Innovative Technology Administration within the U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

A list of this year's grant recipients is available online at https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/tcsp/projects.html.

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