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Stimulus Newsletter October 14, 2010

During the peak of the Recovery Act, Stimulus News You Can Use was one way WSDOT kept transportation stakeholders updated on the fast-moving effort to put people to work and improve the state’s infrastructure. Each edition contained information on project delivery and highlights. Visit the Newsletter Archive for earlier editions.



October 14, 2010

This week's stimulus snapshot

  • State project awarded on SR 26 in Adams County 
  •  Richland completed its First Street Improvements project in Benton County 
  • Stimulus reporting under way 
  • Over 5,000 highway projects completed nationwide 
  • Important stimulus dates 
  • Useful Recovery Act web links 
  • Stimulus data table update

State Recovery Act project awarded – On October 12, WSDOT awarded the SR 26/Grant County line to Othello – Resurfacing project to Central Washington Asphalt Inc. of Moses Lake. The Recovery Act-funded projected in Adams County will apply chip seal on SR 26.

One more local Recovery Act highway project completed

Quarterly federal reporting underway – WSDOT, local governments, and transit agencies are completing quarterly federal accountability reports. Recovery Act fund recipients are required to report on employment, project delivery, and spending that occurred in the quarter ending September 30, 2010. The information will be published on Recovery.gov on October 30.

FHWA reports over 5,300 Recovery Act highway projects now complete nationwide – The Federal Highway Administration’s latest weekly update at www.fhwa.dot.gov shows more than 5,300 highway projects receiving stimulus funds have been completed. Another 6,200 projects are under construction. Including projects that have been completed or are under way, 13,300 projects have received federal stimulus funds.

Federal Transportation Blog highlights this week – Check the WSDOT Federal Issues blog for recent items on electric vehicles, infrastructure investments, Amtrak Cascades, Recovery Act grants, and the planned transportation reauthorization bill. 

Important dates

October 20: Next accountability report to the T & I Committee
October 30: Federal accountability reports published at Recovery.gov
Fall: Next high-speed rail grant announcements expected
Fall: TIGER II award announcements expected

Websites of interest

WSDOT ARRA website: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/funding/stimulus
WSDOT Federal Transportation Issues blog: http://wsdotfederalfunding.blogspot.com
Washington recovery website: http://www.recovery.wa.gov/
Federal recovery website: http://www.recovery.gov/
FHWA recovery website: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/economicrecovery/index.htm
Federal Transit Administration recovery website: www.fta.dot.gov/recovery
Federal Railroad Administration recovery website: http://www.fra.dot.gov/Page/P0394
Federal Aviation Administration recovery website: http://www.faa.gov/recovery
OMB recovery website: http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/recovery_default/

This week by the numbers (project dollars in millions)

Individual highway projects

State

Local

Total

Notes

Operationally complete

34 (69%)

114 (67%)

148 (68%)

One additional project completed this edition 

Awarded/under way1

48 (98%)

162 (95%)

210 (96%)

Includes completed projects

Advertised

49 (100%)

164 (96%)

213 (97%)

Includes completed and awarded projects

Certified, awaiting advertisement

0 (0%)

6 (4%)

6 (3%)

These projects are planned for upcoming advertisement

Total highway funds

$340

$152

$492

 

Obligated funds2

$340 (100%)

$152 (100%)

$492 (100%)

All funds were obligated by
March 2, 2010

Projects certified

49 (100%)

170 (100%)

219 (100%)

Two additional projects certified 
in September

Projects obligated2

49 (100%)

170 (100%)

219 (100%)

FHWA has approved funds for the projects

Safety funding buckets ($12 stimulus)

Rumble
Strips

Cable
median
barrier

Total

Notes

Completed

28

11

39

 

Awarded

28

13

41

Includes completed projects

Advertised 

28

13

41

Includes completed and awarded projects

Transit projects

Large
urban

Small
urban

Nonurban/
rural

State total

Percent of total $179 awarded

100%

100%

100%

100%
Includes Washington State Ferries projects

Number of Transit projects obligated

35 of 35

19 of 19

20 of 20

55 of 55
FTA counts all rural projects as one project

August employment

State

Local

Total

Notes

Payroll (in millions)

$1.5

$3.4

$4.9 for August

Cumulatively, $120.7 million to date - Average wage is $38 per hour

Hours

34,819

95,005

129,824 
for August

Employees have worked 3,128,721 hours to date

FTEs

201

549

1,102
for August

FTE = 173 hours per month

Employees

636

2,542

3,998 for August

Note: Not a count of unique employees

This includes one state project that has stimulus funding authorized for pre-construction and is currently under way. 
2 All funds were obligated by the September 30, 2010 deadline as required by the Recovery Act.  
* TIGER projects are not included in this table.


Last revised on April 11, 2014