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Twenty-one states will get millions to repair roads damaged by storms

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The Transportation Department on Thursday announced almost $334 million in emergency funds to help 21 states repair roads and bridges damaged by storms, floods and other unexpected emergencies.

Colorado will get more than a third of the money — $130 million — to help fix roads and bridges damaged by unusually heavy rains last September.

Among the states receiving substantial payments are Washington, which will get $35 million for repairs to a state road hit by a heavy mudslide in March, and Delaware, which will use its $33 million to fix an Interstate 495 bridge damaged in May.

Tens of millions of emergency dollars also will address a backlog of damages made prior to 2012.

“These funds are part of our ongoing commitment to Americans all across the country to make sure that the damaged roads and bridges they depend on to get to work or deliver goods are restored as quickly as possible,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

The money comes from the Treasury’s Department’s general fund and not the federal Highway Trust Fund, which was running dry until Congress voted last week to pump $10.8 billion into the fund through May 2015.

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Sean Lengell

Congressional Correspondent
The Washington Examiner

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