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Published April 12, 2011, 03:09 PM

ND Lawmakers Agree on $1.7B Road Budget

North Dakota lawmakers have given final approval to a $1.7 billion state transportation budget for the next two years.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota lawmakers have given final approval to a $1.7 billion state transportation budget for the next two years.

The North Dakota House unanimously approved the plan Tuesday. It now goes to Gov. Jack Dalrymple.

It includes almost $371 million in state money to repair state and local roads in western North Dakota's oil-producing region.

Another $60 million is available for local roads outside North Dakota's oil country. That includes $25 million that will be available right away.

Underwood Rep. Jeff Delzer says the bill includes more driver's license examiners to help people get commercial driver's licenses more quickly.

Grand Forks Rep. Eliot Glassheim says the Legislature has been criticized for spending too much money, but a big chunk of spending is paying for road repairs.

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