Arra Infrastructure Money Spent
- Published: Tuesday, 05 October 2010 12:41
The Federal Highway Administration met the Sept. 30 deadline for providing nearly $27.5 billion of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dollars for highway and bridge projects throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the territories.
ìThe Recovery Act was intended to create jobs and strengthen our infrastructure, and it is making a difference in communities across the country,î says Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. ìThere is still work left to do, but these funds have helped put people to work and stimulated the economy by investing in Americaís roads and bridges.î
Once the money has been provided, contracts can be put out for bid, workers can be hired, equipment and supplies can be purchased, and work can begin on highway construction and repair projects that drive economic growth by creating jobs. Because the highway funding program is reimbursement-based, states will continue to submit invoices to the FHWA as bills are submitted by contractors.
Since the Recovery Act became law in February 2009, more than 40,000 miles of pavement have been improved. Of the more than 13,000 Recovery Act-funded road projects, more than 7,300 are under way and more than 4,200 are completed.