WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress gave final approval last week to a $10.8 billion bill to keep federal highway funds flowing to states through the summer construction season and the fall elections.
The Senate passed the House-written bill on an 81-13 vote after rejecting it earlier this week. The legislation includes enough money to fund highway and transit programs at promised levels through next May. It now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature.
The Transportation Department had set last Friday as the day the Highway Trust Fund would run out of reserves and told states they could expect an average 28 percent reduction in federal aid. The fund relies primarily on gasoline and diesel fuel taxes that haven’t been increase in two decades.