The waiting went on and on as anxious construction industry and state officials watched for months for glimmers of progress in Washington on a bill that they hoped would ease the recession’s tightening grip. On Feb. 17, the long wait ended as President Obama traveled to Denver and signed what he called “the most sweeping economic recovery package in our history,” the $787.2-billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. It was good news for construction, because the measure contains about $130 billion for highways, buildings and other public works. “How can you not be happy?” asks Stephen E. Sandherr, the Associated General Contractors’ CEO. “This is the most significant investment in infrastructure in my lifetime.”
As industry officials scrutinize the voluminous bill, they are looking for how much money it allocates for key programs and for details on how and when the funds will be disbursed…See the rest of the original story
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HOW THE FINAL PACKAGE STACKS UP FOR CONSTRUCTION
TRANSPORTATION [$49.3 billion]
Highways: $27.5 billion
Transit: $8.4 billion
New discretionary grant program: $1.5 billion for highways, transit, rail, seaports, other projects. U.S. Dept. of Transportation will choose which projects will be funded.
Airport Improvement Program construction grants: $1.1 billion
Rail: $9.3 billion, including $1.3 billion for Amtrak, $8 billion for high-speed rail
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) announced that the wind industry broke all previous records by installing nearly 10,000 megawatts of new generating capacity in 2009. The…
Authorization of the Federal Aviation Administration expired in September 2007. Since then, the FAA – including aviation infrastructure programs – has been operating under a series of short-term extensions. The House is tentatively scheduled to vote on reauthorization legislation (H.R. 915) Thursday, May 21.
Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood requests action by the Nation’s Governors to make certifications and other assurances that the funding made available under the Recovery Act will be spent for worthy infrastructure projects. Certification is necessary to permit the timely release of funds.