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TxDOT Approves $1.2 Billion in Stimulus Projects

By Lee Nichols, March 5, 2009, 5:08pm, Newsdesk

More on this tomorrow, but first the short-and-dirty version: At the urging of officials from various localities and ignoring the pleas of environmentalists and anti-tollers – and in some cases, berating them – the Texas Department of Transportation approved another $1.2 billion in highway projects to be funded with federal stimulus money. TxDOT added some projects in "economically distressed areas" to address concerns that a previous failure to prioritize such areas would run afoul of the stimulus legislation.

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