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Southwest Virginia receives more funding for roadways

By Melissa Gaona, mgaona@wdbj7.com
Published On: Jun 24 2013 11:03:15 AM EDT
Updated On: Jun 24 2013 11:30:27 AM EDT
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ROANOKE, Va.— -


Some good news in our corner of the state for road travel. Roanoke City will receive nearly twice the state funding it usually does for paving projects.

Next year, it will have six-million dollars to spend on road maintenance as well. City traffic leaders are excited about more funding, especially because they already planned on using new, cost-cutting techniques anyways.

"We're trying a bunch of techniques to hopefully extend the life of the pavement and do some things that will be a little bit less expensive than the mill and pave process," said Mark Jamison with Roanoke City.

Engineers say you can expect to see more of these paving projects as soon as next month.

Also, the Virginia Department of Transportation also announced today that the state approved 54% more in funding for road projects. VDOT says much of it's going to the bridges.

Contrary to the paving, VDOT says you may not see these bridge repairs and new construction for at least five years.

There are 60 bridges officials in the Salem VDOT district want to replace now that its received this funding.
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Officials are excited because they haven't seen this much new funding for years.

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