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All U.S. states, territories commit half of stimulus money ahead of schedule

Posted By Equipment World Staff On June 25, 2009 @ 2:24 pm In Construction News | No Comments

It looks like the constructoin has its work cut out now that more than half of the highway funds through the stimlus have been obligated.

Vice President Joe Biden and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced that transportation projects funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), a.k.a. the stimulus plan, are in high gear.

$19 billion has been obligated to fund more than 5,300 approved for highway and other transportation projects nationwide, according to a written statement from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Of those, 1,900 projects are already underway.

All U.S. states and territories are required under the stimulus to obligate 50 percent of their highway funds by June 29, 2009.  According to the U.S. DOT, all 55 U.S. states and territories successfully beat this deadline at least 10 days ahead of schedule. 

“Every state not only met the 120-day deadline, they beat it,” said Secretary Ray LaHood in a prepared statement.  “This is a testament to the fact that we’re putting money out there quickly and helping to get the economy back on track.”

ARRA funding for highway projects may be used for restoration, repair, construction, and other activities under the Surface Transportation Program. Each proposed project must be approved by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Governors must certify that proposed projects meet certain conditions and that the state will use ARRA funds in addition to, not in replacement of, state funding of transportation projects.

Priority is given to projects that are projected to be completed within three years, are located in economically distressed areas, or will maximize job creation and economic benefits.

Here’s a state-by-state breakdown of the date the 50-percent funds obligation was met and the amount of money being put to work.

 

 

Highway Obligation Deadline Information

State:                                      Date 50% Met                                   Funds Put to work
Alabama                                  June 5, 2009                                        $205,178,421.34
Alaska                                     June 12, 2009                                      $68,800,219
Arizona                                   April 21, 2009                                     $260,320,032.35
Arkansas                                 April 17, 2009                                     $136,928,664
California                                 May 1, 2009                                        $1,182,215,372
Colorado                                 May 7, 2009                                         $210,616,018
Connecticut                              April 22, 2009                                     $175,151,318
Delaware                                 June 17, 2009                                      $44,038,350.71
District of Columbia                 April 22, 2009                                     $82,565,030.43
Florida                                     May 6, 2009                                        $877,594,135
Georgia                                   June 17, 2009                                      $377,480,128.33
Hawaii                                      June 19, 2009                                      $46,222,408.61
Idaho                                       April 24, 2009                                     $88,032,562
Illinois                                      March 10, 2009                                   $598,015,458
Indiana                                    April 27, 2009                                     $282,946,089.96
Iowa                                        March 11, 2009                                   $223,871,877
Kansas                                     April 22, 2009                                      $209,905,329.6
Kentucky                                 May 21, 2009                                      $165,284,312
Louisiana                                  May 18, 2009                                      $198,588,287.98
Maine                                       March 6, 2009                                     $91,526,422
Maryland                                  March 20, 2009                                   $192,409,233
Massachusetts                          June 12, 2009                                      $173,530,958
Michigan                                  June 2, 2009                                        $318,097,511.02
Minnesota                               April 20, 2009                                     $199,833,222.34
Mississippi                                April 23, 2009                                      $214,782,700
Missouri                                  May 20, 2009                                      $320,569,742.4
Montana                                  June 12, 2009                                      $81,262,208
Nebraska                                 April 17, 2009                                     $109,207,334
Nevada                                    June 18, 2009                                      $71,288,539
New Hampshire                      March 18, 2009                                   $88,022,625.99
New Jersey                              March 31, 2009                                   $365,794,829
New Mexico                           May 11, 2009                                      $143,393,729.04
New York                               May 26, 2009                                      $491,431,091
North Carolina                        May 8, 2009                                        $314,285,061
North Dakota                          April 15, 2009                                     $74,971,253.31
Ohio                                         June 18, 2009                                      $338,895,927.5
Oklahoma                                March 16, 2009                                   $307,198,208
Oregon                                     April 21, 2009                                      $155,807,073.87
Pennsylvania                           May 20, 2009                                        $447,678,440
Rhode Island                            April 7, 2009                                       $91,142,181.43
South Carolina                        April 2, 2009                                       $168,895,623.07
South Dakota                          April 1, 2009                                       $77,283,524.03
Tennessee                                April 7, 2009                                        $366,081,694
Texas                                       June 12, 2009                                      $960,719,966.53
Utah                                        March 12, 2009                                   $145,571,644.97
Vermont                                  May 6, 2009                                        $53,069,059.08
Virginia                                     June 17, 2009                                      $285,186,164
Washington                              April 27, 2009                                      $250,653,384
West Virginia                            June 4, 2009                                        $115,969,114.19
Wisconsin                                 April 20, 2009                                      $270,422,647.78
Wyoming                                April 24, 2009                                         


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