INDIANAPOLIS - As Labor Day draws attention to the American worker, the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is pleased to announce that American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and Major Moves road infrastructure projects have created or saved thousands of Hoosier jobs.
INDOT awarded $700 million in Major Moves contracts during fiscal year 2009 and an estimated $343 million in ARRA contracts through the end of August. According to 2007 Federal Highway Administration estimates, every $1 billion in annual highway capital expenditures employs 10,300 construction workers, 4,675 at material or equipment firms, and 15,094 with businesses indirectly supported by workers' wages.
"In this time of economic hardship, the Recovery Act and Gov. Daniels' Major Moves plan funds construction jobs that would otherwise not be available," said INDOT Commissioner Michael W. Reed. "The state is moving quickly to address long-term infrastructure needs while creating or saving Hoosier jobs."
In March 2006, Gov. Mitch Daniels signed into law Major Moves legislation that he labeled as the "jobs bill of a generation." Major Moves widens, realigns or rebuilds state highways in hundreds of locations around the state, and includes infrastructure funds for cities, towns and counties.
The $787 billion federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act - commonly known as the "stimulus package" - includes $27 billion for road infrastructure projects. Indiana was allocated $658 million, of which $198 million was designated for city, town and county road projects. All ARRA highway funds must be obligated to projects by March 2010.
"As Congress considers long-term federal transportation funding, Indiana has shown that infrastructure improvements are an effective way of promoting job creation and economic development," Reed said.
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