Road Funding Agreement

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- A $4.1 billion road-spending plan has passed the Kentucky General Assembly on the final day of the session, avoiding an expensive special session.

The Senate approved the plan 37-1 Tuesday, and the House 71-26.

The plan includes $5.2 billion worth of projects throughout the state. But as much as 25 percent of that money will not be spent. Lawmakers said they like to include a cushion in case some projects are delayed because of environmental concerns or problems acquiring land.

Republicans and Democrats clashed over the plan Monday, and leaders of both parties said it was unlikely they would reach a deal. But lawmakers emerged from hours of closed-door meetings Tuesday to say they had reached an agreement both bodies could pass.

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