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PennDOT Making Significant Strides with Stimulus Funds

April 30, 2009

Although the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is barely two months old, Pennsylvania Transportation Secretary Allen Biehler said this week that PennDOT already has awarded $129 million in bridge and highway projects from the $1.026 billion in federal stimulus money.  Projects are being awarded weekly.

The progress Pennsylvania is making is a testament to the effort that PennDOT undertook to assure that the state would be prepared as soon as the federal money became available.  APC’s Bob Latham noted on several occasions that PennDOT was well ahead of other states in preparing to award projects, which also puts the state in a very strong position to receive additional funds that other states could not put to work quickly enough.

“PennDOT often suffers from a misperception about how efficiently highway funds are spent,” said PHIA Managing Director Jason Wagner.  “Contractors who have experience in other states are almost universal in their praise for PennDOT’s success in awarding work at the lowest cost.  As competitive as the industry is these days, it’s clear to those who compete for the projects that the public’s money is being spent very efficiently.”

The Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to coordinate and conduct oversight of funds distributed in the stimulus package, has created a web site to keep the public informed about how the stimulus funds are being spent.  The web site is http://www.recovery.gov/.

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