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Stillwater Bridge Funding Before Budget Committee

The State Legislature’s budget committee will be considering a request by the Department of Transportation today to spend $4.6 million over the next two years for planning and engineering work related to the new Stillwater Bridge.

A provision was included in the state budget bill that created a new funding mechanism for paying for major interstate bridge projects, which was inserted specifically to target the new Stillwater Bridge. Due to this provision, the DOT must request funds for planned project design costs from the budget committee prior to spending them. I have urged committee members to support the appropriation in order to keep moving forward on this project.