Natural disasters in the U.S. this year have left 39 states waiting for relief funds so they can rebuild damaged roads and highways. Under federal rules, the states must complete the repairs before they request federal funds, which means other projects they had planned need to be postponed. Currently, the Federal Highway Administration has a $2 billion aid backlog, and it can take years for states to get their money, adding to the burdens they face in this economy.

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