February 5, 2007 1:00 AM, EST

President to Seek Funds for Road Congestion Relief

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President Bush will include provisions to help ease traffic congestion in his budget blueprint Monday, the Wall Street Journal reported.Bush plans to highlight a “congestion initiative,” the paper reported Monday, citing White House documents.Grants to state and local governments would get the bulk of the money, which would include $130 million to help build electronic toll systems, the Journal reported.Overall, the budget will include an additional $175 million for anti-congestion initiatives, the paper said.The Transportation Department estimates the cost of congestion nationwide at about $200 billion annually, including wasted fuel, delays and inventory costs, the Journal reported.