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WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION: SURFACE TRANSPORTATION ACT PASSED

 WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION:
 SURFACE TRANSPORTATION ACT PASSED
 OLYMPIA, Wash., Nov. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Congress passed a six-year, $151-billion bill revising the nation's surface transportation policy, the Washington State Department of Transportation said. "It will provide a boost for American jobs and the economy," said Duane Berentson, secretary of transportation.
 "Passage of this act means we can launch in excess of $250 million in construction work this coming spring. Although we don't know the details at this point, I am confident it will fit our intermodal transportation challenges well," Berentson said. Both of the state's U.S. senators and all eight of the House members have given this legislation their utmost attention despite the fact none of them serve on the respective House and Senate committees governing transportation.
 "Passage of this bill means that Washington state will now receive more than 2 percent of proceeds coming from this bill over the next six years for our program. We pay in 1.93 percent... so we get back more than we pay. Federal funding is used to improve our interstate highways, replace bridges, and improve safety on our interstate highways," Berentson said. City and county governments also participate in the state's share of federal highway funding.
 The bill also includes record expenditures for public transportation in our state and nation. The bill includes an innovative new program for ferry construction and refurbishment.
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 /CONTACT: Duane Berentson, 206-753-6054, or Leslie Salisbury, 206-753-2150, both of the Washington State Department of Transportation/ CO: Washington State Department of Transportation ST: Washington IN: TRN SU: LEG


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