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DOT Calls on States to Utilize $2B in Unused Earmarks on Infrastructure Projects

Department of TransportationThe Transportation Department has issued new guidance that allows states to put to use $2 billion worth of unused earmarks to support other ongoing infrastructure projects.

DOT said Tuesday the guidance implements a provision in the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2016 that allows states to reallocate previously earmarked funds to other projects within 50 miles of the original purpose if it is more than 10 years old, if less than 10 percent of the project funds have been obligated or if the project has been closed.

The department noted that a list of eligible unused earmarks is posted on the Federal Highway Administration website.

Federal Highway Administrator Gregory Nadeau said the initiative aims to open opportunities to support infrastructure projects and clear backlogs.

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