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Feds sending $29M in emergency road funds to AZ

The federal government is sending more than $29 million to Arizona to help pay for repairs to roads and highways caused by last year’s storms and wildfires.

The Federal Highway Administration funds will help reimburse state and local governments for highway repairs and reconstruction.

The Arizona Department of Transportation says a January 2010 storm alone caused $20 million in damage. The Schultz Fire in Flagstaff that began last June 20 and the floods it later triggered caused $9.2 million in damage.

Forty emergency repair projects have either been completed or are under way across the state. They include a $5 million retaining wall repair project on State Route 87 about 25 miles south of Payson and a nearly $6 million drainage improvement project on US 89 just north of Flagstaff.

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