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Date Published: 2010-05-18

Contact: Meg Ragonese

Phone: (775) 888-7172

Title: 90 Percent of Recovery Nevada Road Projects Awarded

Story Text:

As more Nevada recovery-funded road projects are slated to begin construction this summer, the Nevada Department of Transportation today announced that more than 90 percent of federal economic recovery road funds have been awarded through NDOT and local governments.

“Motorists will see many road improvement projects under construction this summer,” NDOT Director Susan Martinovich said. “While we understand that road construction is not always convenient, these projects were developed by NDOT and our partners to improve Nevada’s roads while boosting the economy and putting Nevadans to work.”

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provided approximately $201 million in Nevada recovery road funding. To ensure the money went to benefit numerous communities and road construction employers throughout the state, NDOT and local partners worked closely to fund road improvements in all 17 Nevada counties. Projects ranged from pavement maintenance and widening to road safety and landscaping improvements. Using national averages showing that $1.25 billion in road construction supports approximately 35,000 construction jobs, Nevada recovery road funds could create or sustain as much as 5,600 jobs when complete.

The first state transportation recovery projects broke ground in July 2009. In January 2010, Nevada became just the third state in the nation to obligate all recovery-funded road projects. Now, 100 percent of Nevada's Recovery Act road funds are out to bid and more than 90 percent of those funds are under contract.

“Currently, there are 32 recovery projects under construction statewide,” Martinovich explained. “An additional six projects will start construction in the next month, with the remaining recovery projects beginning in the summer and fall. We will continue to maximize recovery funds, and all available funding, to put Nevadans to work and improve our transportation infrastructure. It is particularly vital in this time when families, businesses and the state economy are struggling to recover financially.”

The State of Nevada also received approximately $7 million in transit funding through which 46 transit and paratransit vehicles are being purchased and other transit improvements will be made, providing vital services to the elderly, disabled and general public throughout Nevada.

Further Nevada recovery information is available at www.nv.gov/recovery and www.nevadadot.com/recovery.