Obama puts 14 infrastructure projects on fast track for approval

President Barack Obama on Monday said 14 major public-works projects will be expedited through federal permitting and environmental review processes so construction can begin as soon as possible. The projects include replacement of New York's Tappan Zee Bridge and Massachusetts' Whittier Bridge, and construction of a light-rail line and a wind-generation plant in California. The decision was "an important next step in the administration's efforts to improve the efficiency of federal reviews needed to help job-creating infrastructure projects move as quickly as possible," White House officials said.

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