PA transportation officials release list of stimulus funded projects

    By: Scott Detrow

    Pennsylvania transportation officials have finalized the list of state infrastructure projects that will be funded by more than 1 billion dollars in federal stimulus grants.

    By: Scott Detrow

    Pennsylvania transportation officials have finalized the list of state infrastructure projects that will be funded by more than $1 billion in federal stimulus grants.

    Transcript:
    The projects range in price from $66 million to restore Philadelphia’s Girard Point bridge to a $40,000 effort to repair a span crossing a creek in Liberty Township, Tioga County.

    In all, 399 bridges and 608 miles of road will be repaired, repaved or upgraded with stimulus funding. Transportation Secretary Allen Biehler says it’s going to be a busy construction season.

    Biehler: “The deadline that’s set in the program is to make sure that we’ve got the work started within 12 months. Our intent is to get that work started in approximately six months so we can really charge the economy. Our intent is, frankly, to beat those deadlines significantly.”

    Biehler says the projects will create countless construction jobs, citing a federal formula crediting every billion dollars of infrastructure spending with the generation of 30,000 jobs.

    State transportation officials worked with regional planning organizations to select the final projects.

    More information:
    List of 2009 highway, bridge and tunnel projects financed with stimulus money (.pdf) Source: PennDOT

    List of regularly planned 2009 road and bridge projects in PA (.pdf) Source: PennDOT

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