by Michael Jones/Lake Media
The 1,084-foot bridge carries traffic on Missouri 17 across the Osage River — a tributary of the Missouri River — about 30 miles southwest of the state Capitol in Jefferson City. The new bridge will be expanded by 8 feet to a total width of 28 feet and shortened to 970 feet. The project is scheduled for completion in September 2010 at a cost of $8.5 million.
The State of Missouri has opened a website to keep itâ€™s citizens, and everyone else who is interested, informed of how stimulus bill infrastructure funds are being used.
Other Missouri highway projects under construction that started yesterday include:
Barry/Lawrence/Christian/Greene Counties, Route 60 – Construct alternating/intermittent passing lanes from east of Chapell Drive in Monett to Kansas Avenue in Republic. $8.7 million
Clinton County, Interstate 35 – Resurface northbound and southbound lanes from north of Shoal Creek to north of Route 116 near Lathrop. $14.6 million
Pemiscot/New Madrid Counties, Interstate 55 – Pavement rehabilitation on northbound and southbound lanes from I-155 to Scott County. $18.4 million
“Today the ‘Show Me State’ again showed the nation we are leaders in transportation by having the first economic recovery act project in the country under construction,” Missouri Department of Transportation Director Pete Rahn said. “We promised we would be ready to go to make the best use of every dollar we receive through the economic recovery act to create jobs and make our highways safer. We delivered on that promise and then some.”
Missouri will receive approximately $637 million for road and bridge projects and an estimated $150 million to address air, rail, transit, waterway and pedestrian projects throughout the state. That amount of work will create an estimated 14,000 jobs and have an estimated $2.4 billion impact on the state’s economy.
“We’re taking this aggressive approach to demonstrate that funding for transportation infrastructure can and will provide the direct and immediate economic jumpstart our nation and state need,” Rahn said. “We will use every penny sent to our state to improve our roads and bridges and we will be ready to put additional money not used by other states to work in Missouri.”
The benefits of this additional work would go beyond those building the projects to suppliers, retailers, restaurants, hotels and other businesses Rahn added.
A complete list of the projects MoDOT is ready to tackle can be found at http://www.modot.org/firstinnation.if (WIDGETBOX) WIDGETBOX.renderWidget(’45e78449-196a-4738-b5a6-145df274599c’);
Positive news such as this can go a long way towards pushing a recovery. As a country we need to believe in our leaders, we elected them; we need to have faith in their judgment; we need to support their decisions. Or, we need to replace them if we canâ€™tâ€¦
AGC: Stimulus to Save 2M construction jobs
Associated General Contractors of America
(AGC) says the $135 billion in construction and infrastructure included in President Obamaâ€™s $787 billion stimulus legislation will create or save nearly 2 million jobs over the next two years.
AGC Economist Ken Simonson, and Stephen Fuller of George Mason University analyzed the legislation and concluded the funding would create or save 650,000 construction jobs, 300,000 jobs in related fields and 970,000 jobs to support the investments.
â€śThereâ€™s no doubt the stimulus will have a positive impact for construction businesses and their workers across the country,â€ť says Stephen Sandherr, chief executive of AGC.
â€śWhen you get beyond the politics and the policy, the fact remains these investments will put people to work, save businesses, and help rebuild aging infrastructure.â€ť
Simonson said the $135 billion for construction would increase personal earnings by $75 billion and add $230 billion to the gross national product.