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County to receive federal transportation funds 

SLO County is set to receive $35 million in federal transportation money, most of which will go to widening Highway 46 East. The money comes from the signing of the Federal Transportation bill.

Marta Bortner, spokeswoman for Caltrans, said that the money had been "about what [Caltrans] had budgeted for."

About $320,000 was set aside for the City to Sea bike path, a trail from San Luis Obispo to Avila. About $240,000 will go to improving pedestrian, bicycle, and ADA-accessible boardwalks at the Pismo Beach pier, and $2.7 million will go to widening the Santa Maria River bridge on Highway 101.

According to the Taxpayers for Common Sense, the state of California earmarked more money for local projects, otherwise known as pork projects, than any other state. California will receive $1.4 billion through the bill.

22nd District Congressman Bill Thomas, whose district includes Paso Robles and Arroyo Grande, secured $630 million for his district, according to the Taxpayers for Common Sense.

-J.P.

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