New federal bill secures more highway funds for Wyoming

A long-term, bipartisan transportation bill, passed by Congress on Thursday would increase federal aid for highway work in Wyoming over the next five years, the Wyoming Department of Transportation reports. The measure, titled, Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, is now awaiting a signature by President Barack Obama. Preliminary estimates indicate Wyoming would receive $271 million annually through 2020 in highway program apportionments. By comparison, Wyoming is receiving $247 million this year. WYDOT Interim Director Bill Panos said it looks like a good portion of the funding increase to Wyoming provided by the FAST Act will occur as soon as the upcoming fiscal year, and WYDOT already has projects ready to go when those funds become available. The FAST Act will also serve to bump transit funding to Wyoming up to an average $12 million per year from $10.9 million. The enactment of the FAST Act is the first time since 2005 that Congress has passed a multi-year transportation bill. The FAST Act authorizes about $226 billion in federal-aid highway spending over the next five years nationally, according to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. The FAST Act emerged from a House-Senate conference committee that negotiated differences between separate bills passed in each chamber. U.S. Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming was a member of that committee. *photo h/t WYDOT / Pitchengine Communities* #buckrail #reboot #county10 #oilcity #dally #county17 #shortgo #news #wydot