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President Obama, VP Biden announce transportation infrastructure investment, jobs for Americans

WASHINGTON. - President Barack Obama and Vice President Biden Tuesday announced the release of $28 billion from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to states and local transportation authorities to repair and build highways, roads and bridges.

This investment will lead to 150,000 jobs saved or created by the end of 2010. The President and Vice President were joined at the Department of Transportation by Secretary Ray LaHood.

State highway departments have already identified more than 100 transportation projects across the country, totaling more than $750 million, where construction can start within the month. The U.S. Department of Transportation will monitor state compliance and track job creation. Information on the projects will be posted on Recovery.gov.


The recovery site for Washington State is not yet available. Stay with KHQ.com in the weeks ahead for updated information.


Projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will bear a newly-designed emblem. The emblem is a symbol of President Obama's commitment to the American people to invest their tax dollars wisely to put Americans back to work.

From recovery.gov
How will the Recovery Act work?

Very soon, the different agencies -- such as the Departments of Education; Health and Human Services; and Energy -- will decide who will receive award grants and contracts. Sometimes the money will go to a state government; other times, the funds will go directly to a school, hospital, contractor, or other organization. Agencies will then deliver that information to the Recovery.gov team. We will subsequently make the information available on Recovery.gov, and you will be able to track where the money is going. You'll be able to search by state or even by Congressional district; you'll be able to look up names of Federal contractors or other recipients of Federal dollars; and you'll be able to send in comments, thoughts, ideas, questions, and any responses you have to what you find. More FAQs from recovery.gov

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