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Wed March 25, 2009
Michigan Senate panel OKs stimulus road funding
LANSING, MI – LANSING, MI (AP) A Michigan Senate panel has voted to authorize $873 million in federal stimulus money to pay for road, bridge and other transportation projects in the state.
The Republican-led Senate is expected to OK the legislation tomorrow. It passed 7-0 yesterday in a special Senate stimulus committee, with one senator abstaining.
The measure already has won approval from the Democratic-controlled House.
Nearly three-fourths of the dollars would go to state road and bridge projects. Most of the stimulus money would improve existing lanes on highways, but a few expansion projects are on the Michigan Department of Transportation project list.
Nearly one-fourth of the dollars would go to local and regional road departments.