WASHINGTON - President Obama is expected to soon sign a bill to provide the federal highway trust fund with $7 billion of extra cash, which would keep money flowing to states for transportation projects while lawmakers settle their dispute over an 18-month extension to the current law that expires Sept. 30.

At the same time, the Government Accountability Office has found that about $78 billion of a total of $243 billion that was taken from the highway trust fund between 2004 and 2008 was used for purposes other than construction and maintenance of highways and bridges.

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