Virginia can thank other states for a $52 million bonus in federal funding for commonwealth transportation projects.
In a statement released Thursday, the governor's office announced the additional funding, which it says was initially allocated to other states. According to the release, other states did not have projects ready to use the funding, prompting the Federal Highway Administration to shift the funds to Virginia, which has plans and projects in place.
VDOT projects expecting to receive funding include repaving and rehabilitation on segments of Interstates 95 and 85 around Richmond, and parts of Interstate 264 in Hampton Roads, according to the release.
The final say on funding allocation rests with the Commonwealth Transportation Board, which will hear VDOT's recommendations this month.
"Virginia employs sound financial management practices and improved project programming to use every available transportation dollar," McDonnell stated in the release. "This award of 'bonus obligation' funds is validation of VDOT's efforts to ensure transportation projects are programmed and delivered, with more projects ready for construction."