1 Aug 2005

Northern Marianas to get US$6m for infrastructure improvements

8:38 am on 1 August 2005

President Bush is expected to give final approval for legislation that will give the Northern Mariana islands about six million US dollars a year to improve transport infrastructure.

The newspaper, the Saipan Tribune, reports almost three million dollars will go to the key Route 100 highway on the island of Rota.

Another project will include a bridge to replace one destroyed by a typhoon in the 1970s.

The territory's governor, Juan Babauta, says they explained the Talofofo project would bring economic benefits for the northeastern part of the island of Saipan.

The Northern Marianas hasn't been included in US transportation legislation before because it's not represented in the US congress.