Stimulus money to fund road construction between Clayton and Raton

About $264 million in federal stimulus money has been allocated to New Mexico so far for highway and road reconstruction and other public transit projects.

The New Mexico Office of Recovery and Reinvestment on Friday announced the latest allocation _ $140 million for road reconstruction.

The governor's office also says another $12 million has been approved for several transit projects.

The state plans to award contracts in the coming months for widening projects along U.S. 64/87 between Raton and Clayton, U.S. 491 from Tohatchi to Shiprock and Interstate 10 from Las Cruces to the state line.

Gov. Bill Richardson says the planning done over the past six years put New Mexico ahead of other states in being ready to put shovels in the ground.