DALLAS -- The Transportation Department could begin accepting applications by the end of July for what might be the final annual round of a popular stimulus-era grant program, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao told lawmakers on a Senate appropriations panel on Thursday.

The notice of submissions for the $500 million of Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery competitive grants authorized in the omnibus budget measure for fiscal 2017 “should be coming out pretty shortly,” Chao said. “We understand the eagerness of everybody.”

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