WASHINGTON — Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell on Thursday released an audit of the state’s Department of Transportation that showed $1.45 billion could be freed up for projects and that these new funds could possibly accelerate VDOT’s bond issuances, sources said.

The audit, conducted by Cherry, Bekaert & Holland LLP, an accounting and consultant firm, made more than 50 recommendations in the report, which was requested by McDonnell soon after he took office earlier this year.

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