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(AJC) — The cash-strapped state Department of Transportation must set aside $75 million in its $1.8 billion budget this year to pay for cost overruns on projects it rushed to bid during the flush years of the construction boom, the agency’s board learned in a briefing Wednesday.

At the time it approved the projects, the DOT was under pressure to implement Gov. Sonny Perdue’s Fast Forward program, which tried to squeeze 18 years of transportation projects into six years.

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