Forest Service: $228M to fix roads, bridges


National forest roads and bridges in 31 states will get long-needed repairs under an economic stimulus spending plan announced by the Obama administration. Secretary Tom Vilsack said Tuesday that $228 million in economic stimulus Agriculture money will be used for road maintenance and decommissioning and watershed restoration in dozens of national forests.

… Rep. Norm Dicks. D-Wash., chairman of a House appropriations subcommittee that oversees the Forest Service, called the projects wise investments and good stewardship.

A spokesman for Rep. Walt Minnick, D-Idaho, also hailed the announcement. Idaho will get $44 million under the plan, by far the largest amount for any state. Oregon is next with $32 million. Montana receives $31.5 million.