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RICHMOND The Commonwealth of Virginia has received an additional $57.3 million in federal funds for transportation originally allocated to other states, Governor Bob McDonnell announced Monday.

VDOT will use the money for paving projects in each of its nine construction districts: $16.7 million will go toward interstate paving, $25.6 million is designated for paving primary roads and $13.7 million is allocated for paving secondary roads. Additionally, $1.3 million is slated for bridge painting/preventative maintenance.

Later this month, VDOT will make its recommendation to the Commonwealth Transportation Board, which has final approval on how money is spent on transportation projects.

'This has been a historic year for transportation funding in Virginia,' said Governor McDonnell. 'This 'bonus' funding, along with the new and sustainable funding from the transportation bill, will enhance VDOT's ability to move projects forward and continue to improve the condition of our roads.'

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