NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) €” The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill that would help ensure road and bridge projects in Rhode Island stay on track.

It allocates $10.9 billion to keep the federal Highway Trust Fund, which pays for transportation programs nationwide, solvent through May 2015. It does not establish a permanent, sustainable funding mechanism for infrastructure projects.

A similar bill is pending in the Senate.

The fund's main revenue source, the federal gas tax, isn't bringing in enough money.

Rhode Island receives about $220 million annually in federal funds for highway, bridge and transportation projects. The state delayed the award of new projects because of the looming insolvency.

Rhode Island Democrat David Cicilline says Congress has a responsibility to fund important transportation projects that create jobs and strengthen the economy.