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Bids open for stimulus highway projects

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The first Wisconsin highway projects to be done with federal economic stimulus money will cost 7 percent less than expected.

Construction bids were opened Tuesday for 26 state projects and 19 local roads and bridges.

Gov. Jim Doyle said the total cost was $114.6 million, $9 million less than what officials expected.

He calls it a good deal for taxpayers, and it will allow even more projects to benefit from the stimulus package.

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