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New road and bridge grants expected for cities in 2013

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Savannah city leaders have been spending quite a bit of time in Washington D.C. the last few days and will continue to the next few weeks. Mayor Edna Jackson left Wednesday morning for a national meeting of mayors in our nation's capitol.

Alderman Tony Thomas, who represents Savannah on the National League of Cities, returned from an NLC meeting in D.C. this week. He told WTOC the group met with the U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary and says the cities have been told a number of new grants and programs for road and bridge projects could be made available, with some money heading to Savannah.

Thomas already has a wish list ready.

"If we could use some money to improve the Coffee Bluff Bridge, the low lying bridge by Mount Herman Baptist Church, that would be a win-win for everybody,"Thomas said.

Thomas says city representatives from across the nation were also told immigration issues will again be a huge focus in 2013, including legislation to legalize many already in the country as well as measures to secure the border. 

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