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Feds: Ga. has $11M in earmarks for transportation

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The U.S. Department of Transportation says Georgia has $11 million in federal funding to spend on road and rail projects, but the money must be used by the end of the year.
 
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the money announced Friday is part of $473 million nationwide being freed up by President Barack Obama.
 
The Georgia money comes from unspent earmark funds. Congress banned the practice of steering money to specific projects last year amid criticism of wasteful spending.
 
Georgia DOT Commissioner Keith Golden says the state will review transportation projects assigned by Congress from 2003 to 2006 to see what be completed by Dec. 31. The biggest project is $2.97 million for rail facilities near Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

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