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      Virginia to get nearly $5.6M in federal highway grants

      RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia will receive nearly $5.6 million in highway-related grants, including funding for the completion of a bicycle-pedestrian trail on the Eastern Shore between Chincoteague, Assateague Island National Seashore and Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.

      Other projects include a bike-pedestrian bridge over the Dulles Access and Toll Road from Wolf Trap National Park near Leesburg.

      U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Wednesday in a release that such infrastructure investments are aimed at creating jobs and improving the quality of life for Virginia residents, as well as boosting the state's economy.

      The Federal Highway Administration awarded funds from 14 grant programs. Congress created the discretionary grant programs to give the agency the ability to back projects that maintain U.S. roads and bridges, improve highway safety and improve the quality of life in communities.