Transportation Director Awaits Highway Spending Bill

Laramie, WY – Wyoming's Department of Transportation Director is anxiously awaiting final congressional action on a highway spending bill. Wyoming Senator Craig Thomas says the state could see an additional 650 million dollars over the next six years. Dover says his agency has been hamstrung as to how to plan for the next five to ten years without knowing what revenues will be available. Thomas inserted a provision to give states with high federal land ownership a greater share of bridge construction monies. Dover says bridges on the state system are in good shape, but local and county bridges need repair and replacement. He hopes there's enough flexibility in the spending bill to allow money to be dedicated to local bridge projects.