Thursday, April 9, 2009

Governor Perdue Certifies $207 Million in Stimulus Road Projects

Today Governor Sonny Perdue announced that he has submitted the required “1511 Certification” on 67 road projects around the state that will be funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. These projects represent approximately one-fourth of the total funds that will be available to Georgia for transportation through the stimulus package.

“This first batch of projects includes some badly needed bridge repairs, resurfacing projects on highways with some of our lowest pavement ratings and two widening projects that will improve congestion and safety and spur economic activity,” said Governor Perdue.

The Governor certified the only two projects submitted by Georgia DOT that provide additional capacity and are included in an approved Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), which is a requirement for certification.

Governor Perdue submitted the certification as part of an April 7 letter to US DOT Secretary Ray LaHood. In the letter, the Governor informed Secretary LaHood that more projects will be certified as the Georgia DOT and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) amend their respective TIPs to include additional projects.

About half of the funds represented in these projects will be spent in parts of the state considered “economically distressed areas.”

For more information visit Georgia DOT’s stimulus website at www.dot.state.ga.us/gastimulus .

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