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TxDOT Beats Federal Stimulus Deadline

By Sam Baker, KERA Local Morning Edition Host

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Dallas, TX –

A milestone of sorts for Texas.

To get federal stimulus money swiftly into the economy, states were given 120-days to obligate 50-percent of their highway funds.

That had to be done by today and Texas beat the deadline by more than two weeks.

Kellie Petras (PeTRAHS) of TxDOT said a backlog of road projects made it easy.

Kellie Petras: "You know we only get so many federal funds and fortunately we have a lot more projects that we could still fund had we had the money. But having a lot of projects on the books really helped us beat that deadline."

TxDOT marked the accomplishment today in Cedar Hill. Stimulus money will finally enable a $1.3 million improvement at FM-1382 and Old Straus Road.

The dangerous intersection has been on and off the state's schedule three times.