ALDOT Gets Unused Earmarks To Use For Road Work

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Alabama Department of Transportation is getting more than $51 million to be used for road work.

The Birmingham News reports the money comes from old federal earmarks that have gone unused around the state.

The Obama administration identified $473 million in unspent earmarks around the country and ordered states to come up with a plan for the money by the end of the year. Otherwise the funds go to other states.

All 33 projects on Alabama's list were contained in transportation spending bills from 2004, 2005 and 2006. Among the projects that are losing their earmarks are the Memphis to Atlanta highway and a connector from U.S. 231 to Interstate 10.

Some local officials say they'll argue to keep their money, but state officials aren't making any guarantees.

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