Michigan Senate panel OKs stimulus road funding

LANSING, MI – LANSING, MI (AP) A Michigan Senate panel has voted to authorize $873 million in federal stimulus money to pay for road, bridge and other transportation projects in the state.

The Republican-led Senate is expected to OK the legislation tomorrow. It passed 7-0 yesterday in a special Senate stimulus committee, with one senator abstaining.

The measure already has won approval from the Democratic-controlled House.

Nearly three-fourths of the dollars would go to state road and bridge projects. Most of the stimulus money would improve existing lanes on highways, but a few expansion projects are on the Michigan Department of Transportation project list.

Nearly one-fourth of the dollars would go to local and regional road departments.