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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island is receiving a $20 million grant to improve conditions along Route 37, which connects Cranston and Warwick.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Jack Reed joined with the state’s congressional delegation and Democratic Gov. Gina M. Raimondo to announce the funding Tuesday.

The money will help pay for the Route 37 Bridge and Roadway Improvement Project, estimated to cost $76 million.

The project will help replace or rehabilitate a series of 15 bridges and culverts along Route 37 in need of reconstruction and make safety changes to Route 37’s westbound Exit 3 off-ramp.

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Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin said the improvements will be welcome news to motorists who use Route 37, which connects two of the state’s largest cities and serves as a major artery for thousands of drivers daily.