Virginia to get $52 million in federal transportation funds

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia is getting $52 million in federal transportation funds that other states didn't use.

Gov. Bob McDonnell said Thursday that the Federal Highway Administration reallocated the funding to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

States have to return allocated funding if they can't obligate it for projects. The money is reallocated to states that have obligated all their allocated funding and have additional projects ready for construction.

McDonnell says the Virginia Department of Transportation wants to use the extra dollars primarily for repaving and rehabilitating sections of Interstates 95 and 85 in the Richmond region and Interstate 264 in Hampton Roads.

The Commonwealth Transportation Board must approve the plan.