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Bids for $1.1B ‘surge funding’ projects lower than expected

BISMARCK, N.D. — Officials say bids are coming in lower than expected for the $1.1 billion in fast-track funding designated for highways and communities affected by North Dakota’s exploding growth.

Williston Mayor Howard Klug says bids for the projects are coming in at about 20 percent below original estimates. He says that means there will be more money for additional projects.

The fast-track legislation includes $450 million in funding for state highway projects. It includes $240 million for the 10 biggest oil-producing counties, $112 million for non-oil-producing counties, $100 million for cities in oil-producing counties, and $198 million for other cities outside the oil patch.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed the bill last month at a ceremony at the state Capitol.

In related news, $1.1B in fast-track funding disbursed to ND communities.

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