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Monday, July 6, 2009

Stimulus funds will support 15,000 transportation-related jobs in Alabama

The office of Gov. Bob Riley announced on Monday that the state has 216 highway and bridge projects, 83 transit and 10 aviation projects that are being funded by the federal stimulus money. Riley, in a statement, said he expects more to be added in the future.
Alabama is receiving a total of $513.7 million for highway projects, $46.4 million for transit projects, and $12.2 million for airport projects from the stimulus funding.
The governor's office is reporting that $131 million in highway and bridge projects have been let from 48 contracts.
State and federal officials will have obligated the remainder of the more than $572 million in allocated stimulus money by March 2010.
"Stimulus projects will be awarded in every county of Alabama to improve travel and help economic development," Riley said in the statement. "In addition, by using stimulus dollars on these improvements, it frees up non-stimulus funding and allows us to redirect these existing dollars for work on other planned highway projects throughout our state."
Joe McInnes, state transportation director, said "we're combining our share of stimulus funds with our regular transportation funding to address our most pressing resurfacing needs and to close gaps in new construction. And we're committed to being good stewards and using our entire funds down to the last cent."
Using an analysis from the Federal Highway Administration, state officials estimate the transportation stimulus money will support approximately 15,000 jobs in Alabama.

-- posted by Sebastian Kitchen

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