Hear ‘Voices of the Recovery Act’ online

Through an interactive Web site launched by the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) construction workers around the country employed on American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA)-funded construction projects can share their stories about what it has meant to them in tough economic times for the U.S. construction industry.

The new interactive “Voices of the Recovery Act” Web lets them share stories about stimulus projects around the country.

Through the online map, visitors can click on videos of construction workers around the country employed on ARRA-funded construction projects.

Using their own words, workers across America talk about what the Recovery Act has meant to them in tough economic times for the construction industry.

Workers employed by a transportation funded Recovery project can submit their own videos by posting their story on YouTube and emailing a link to [email protected].

“The Recovery Act is not only creating jobs, but doing so with a level of transparency and accountability never been seen before in the federal government,” said Vice President Joe Biden in a prepared statement from the U.S. DOT. “Voices of the Recovery Act” is one more way in which the American people will be able to see their tax dollars at work helping to turn the economy around and put the country back to work.”

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood says that the stimulus has employed “tens of thousands of people at work on infrastructure projects today who would have been unemployed otherwise.

“These are the stories of those people, and they can tell you in personal terms about the impact the Recovery Act has had on keeping transportation projects alive and our economy moving,” LaHood continues.

The U.S. Department of Transportation has made $48.1 billion in ARRA funds available for highway, road, transit, rail, bridge and airport construction and repairs, as well as small shipyard grants nationwide. $39.3 billion already has been obligated to fund more than 14,600 approved projects in 53 U.S. States and Territories.

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The “Voices of the Recovery Act” map can accessed at http://www.dot.gov/recovery/voices/.