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Aug 17, 2012 1:54 AM by Associated Press

Obama offers states $470M for roads, bridges

WASHINGTON, DC (AP) - The Obama administration is making nearly half a billion dollars in unspent highway funds available to states that promise to use the money to create jobs and improve transportation.

A White House official says Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will announce Friday that more than $470 million will be made available immediately for projects such as repairing crumbling roads and bridges. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the plan has not been publicly announced.

The move is part of President Barack Obama's election-year effort to sidestep Congress with programs which Obama says will create jobs. Obama has adopted the slogan "We Can't Wait" to contrast his efforts with congressional Republicans, who have balked at many of his plans.

The highway money originally was allocated from 2003 to 2006.

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