N.C. DOT gets $10 million in stimulus funds to repave I-26 in Polk County

Published 12:24 pm Wednesday, April 29, 2009

&dquo;North Carolina is leading the nation in efforts to expedite the selection of projects and get them under way as quickly as possible to get our people to work,&dquo; Perdue said. &dquo;Given our current economy, it is critical that we are using our recovery money to help put people to work and create much-needed economic growth for our communities.&dquo;

According to the Federal Highway Administration, every $1 million spent on transportation creates 30 jobs, and according to the construction industry, every dollar invested in transportation generates $6 million in economic impact.

Based on these figures, the additional projects announced today are expected to help support more than 6,000 jobs and contribute nearly $1.3 billion to the economy.

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The N.C. Department of Transportation had already identified about 70 highway and bridge projects to be let to contract between March and June through recovery funding. Eleven projects totaling $65.1 million were awarded to contract in March. The projects announced last week will be let to contract over the next 12 months.

Other projects on the rural planning organization&squo;s wish list for stimulus funding in Polk County were a pedestrian bridge over I-26 as well as a few other roadway improvements.