June 8, 2009 By Chad Vander Veen
The first week of June marked the commencement of a number of new transportation projects across the nation. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) is directing more than $27 billion to state and local agencies for transportation improvement projects. The type of transportation projects ARRA is funding run the gamut, from former pipedreams like high-speed rail to decidedly low-tech, but critical, ventures such as highway resurfacing.
Seen by the Obama administration as vital components of economic recovery, transportation infrastructure funds are being delivered to state and local agencies with a requirement that the money be spent within 120 days of receipt. For state and county transportation departments around the country, this taxpayer-funded windfall is breathing new life into many "shovel-ready" projects that had seemingly withered on the fiscal vine.
What follows is a partial list highlighting some recent state transportation spending activity.
Alabama: $12.2 million for runway and terminal rehabilitation at 10 state airports.
Arizona: $7.3 million for bridge rehabilitation, pavement improvement and fence replacement.
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