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I-81 Project Gets Major Funding From Gas Tax

"There is a lot of money Maryland will get because of the tax increases. In eight years if other states don't increase taxes, we'll have the highest state gas taxes. They are flushed with money."
WASHINGTON COUNTY, Md. - As part of the annual tour with the Highway State Administration and the Maryland Department of Transportation, the big topic was the $44 million that's going into the Interstate-81 project. 

Officials say this is only one of many transportation projects, where funding is the result of Maryland's increased gas taxes. 

While many may not have been thrilled about this tax increase, officials with the Highway Transportation Department say its bringing millions of dollars into Washington County for projects. 

However, the topic is getting mixed reviews. 

"There is a lot of money Maryland will get because of the tax increases. In eight years if other states don't increase taxes, we'll have the highest state gas taxes. They are flushed with money. Unfortunately most of it is going to rail projects in Baltimore, Montgomery and Prince George's Counties," said Del. Neil Parrott - District 2B. 

Officials say they expect the Interstate-81 project to be completed by 2016.
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