Ark. Has $1.12B in Unfunded Highway Projects

WASHINGTON (AP) - Arkansas has 130 highway projects ready to go if Congress offers $64.3 billion in road improvement funds as part of an economic aid plan.

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials says the Arkansas projects would total $1.12 billion if entirely funded.

The association says more than 5,000 highway projects around the nation are ready to go if Congress funds them. The group wants Congress to include the projects in an economic recovery bill that could total as much as $500 billion.

The spending is a priority for President-elect Barack Obama and Democratic congressional leaders, who say they hope to have it ready for the new president to sign when he takes office Jan. 20.

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