A former New York state transportation official who helped obtain $2.9 billion of bonds for highway and other projects and pushed for more private investment in state infrastructure has cleared the final hurdle to become administrator of the Federal Highway Administration.

The U.S. Senate voted Friday to confirm Thomas J. Madison, Jr., and he is expected to be sworn in during the next two weeks as the new administrator. Madison is currently president of Spectra Subsurface Imaging Group in New York and was nominated for the post by President Bush on July 15.

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