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Road Construction Across the Nation

ARRA By The Numbers

As of January 7, 2010:

- 1,125 bridges had been improved, replace or newly constructed

- 21,400 miles of pavement were either improved, resurfaced or widened

- 1,700 miles of safety traffic management projects were implemented

- Over 630 miles of bike lanes, sidewalks or environmental mitigation projects underway

- 7,450 buses have been purchased and 1,637 bus shelters constructed

Real People Are Working Real Jobs

- 280,000 direct, on-project jobs have been created or sustained across the country

- Total employment from these projects, which includes direct, indirect, and induced jobs, reaches almost 890,000 jobs.

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Secretary LaHood Announces Funding for Over 50 Innovative, Strategic Transportation Projects through Landmark Competitive TIGER Program

One year to the day after President Obama signed the historic American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) into law, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood will announce Recovery Act awards to states, tribal governments, cities, counties and transit agencies across the country to fund 51 innovative transportation projects. The U.S. Department of Transportation required rigorous economic justifications for projects more than $100 million and will require all recipients to report on their activities on a routine basis.

ASTM Standard Covers Sustainable Use of Recycled Asphalt Pavement

Developed by Subcommittee D18.14 on Geotechnics of Sustainable Construction, proposed standard ASTM WK26824 is an important step in guiding federal, state, and local highway agencies, contractors, material suppliers, and consultants on sustainable use of recycled asphalt pavement. According to Haifang Wen, Ph.D., use of recycled materials reduces need for virgin materials and disposal of existing materials and can protect the environment, reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

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