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The federal Recovery Act provided approximately $201 million in Nevada highway transportation funding. Thirty percent of these funds were dedicated to local transportation organizations in Clark County and Washoe County. Meanwhile, approximately seven million was allocated to rural areas.

The Nevada Department of Transportation worked closely with state elected leaders and local government partners to responsibly and equitably utilize transportation funding established in the recovery package to advance jobs and economic growth, as well as provide transportation improvements for the state. Nevada economic recovery transportation projects were selected based on engineering needs and the projects' ability to advance jobs and economic growth while providing important transportation improvements equitably throughout the state.

To ensure that Nevada maximized use of economic recovery transportation funds, high-priority highway preservation projects, as well as unfunded, low-cost improvements offering large benefits, were selected. Numerous highway preservation projects such as repaving were selected because they provided this high benefit-cost ratio and follow the Nevada Department of Transportation's Financial Consequence-Based Pavement Management System. This system pro-actively repairs roadways before more costly, time-involved repairs are needed and has, in the past, saved the department up to $42 million per year.

The following outlines NDOT's role in fulfilling the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act:

  • Utilize Nevada's approximately $201 million in economic recovery transportation funding to advance jobs and economic growth through transportation projects across the state.
  • Oversee advertisement, administration and construction of state transportation economic recovery improvement projects.
  • Coordinate with local governments to help invest economic recovery funding directed to local transportation agencies.
  • Aggressively plan to utilize any recovery funding unable to be used by other states.
  • Pursue grant money established in the recovery act to advance additional projects that will improve Nevada transportation and job opportunities.
  • Fully utilize normal annual federal funding to further capacity (widening) and other transportation improvements not funded through economic recovery funding.


State of Nevada Transportation Information Related to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009


2009 Total Numbers of Employees Total Hours of Employment Total Payroll
June 17 1,428 $76,209
July 195 10,537 $378,887.92
August 339 20,910 $786,403.92
September 479 32,364 $1,311,469.20
October 549 45,381.70 $1,695,747.02
November 349 16,796 $585,011.98
December 299 11,092 $410,496.59
2010 Total Numbers of Employees Total Hours of Employment Total Payroll
January 290 20,878 $294,391
February 450 14,855 $556,986
March 483 16,907 $717,987
April 531 27,605 $690,892
May 834 36,835 $1,400,545
June 1,494 59,384 $2,197,171
July 1,136 60,697 $2,277,382
August 1,546 72,741 $2,925,582
September 1,335 56,167 $2,393,788
October 1,415 56,754 $2,487,303
November 1,153 36,516 $1,513,377
December 880 26,670 $1,074,398
2011 Total Numbers of Employees Total Hours of Employment Total Payroll
January 621 18,849 $748,031
February 510 15,714 $595,886
March 549 17,814 $671,144
April 501 25,739 $919,584


450 20,479


June 572 29,682 $1,169,362
July 451 23,156 $861,051
August 305 17,450 $726,769
September 256 13,407 $563,236
October 213 10,457 $443,754
November 191 9,318 $383,138
December 151 9,005 $356,286


2012 Total Numbers of Employees Total Hours of Employment Total Payroll
January 127 1,064 $48,580
February 137 5,325 $226,449
March 87 7,253 $310,442
April 61 4,891 $216,124
May 73 5,646 $241,462
June 56 4,990 $221,057
July 71 1,801 $200,291
August 74 6,188 $234,048
September 66 8,186 $314,501
October 87 7,091 $286,978
November 132 8,272 $325,273
December 38 2,208 $97,577


2013 Total Numbers of Employees Total Hours of Employment Total Payroll
January 26 1,352 $62,268
February 14 1,248 $55,814
March 20 1,924 $75,428
April 19 1,973 $92,087
May 39 3,047 $105,757
June 34 2,867 $98,288
July 27 796 $42,506
August 12 158 $6,414
 September 5 163 $7,073
October 3 10 $422
November 3 144 $5,792


NDOT Recovery Project Employment Reporting

What employment data does NDOT collect?

The United States Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) require NDOT to collect project-specific employment data from primary contractors for both primary and subcontractors’ workforce on each recovery-funded project. The following are definitions of the required employment data as reported above:


  • Total Number of Employees - Numbers represent total number of on-project employees employed on local and state recovery-funded road projects in Nevada during one-month increments (state employees not included in above reporting). These numbers represent individual, one-month snapshots and can not be added cumulatively over multiple months, as the same employee may work the same project over the course of multiple months. It is important to note that, due to construction scheduling, there may be instances where one worker performs work at two separate recovery-funded projects and is thus counted as two employees.
  • Total Hours - This number represents the total hours worked by on-project employees for all state and local Recovery Act road projects. All hours worked by workers employed by contractors and subcontractors, as well as local government employees, are included. State employee hours are not included.
  • Total Payroll - This number represents the total wages, in dollars, paid out to on-project workers directly employed on all state and local Recovery transportation projects. This includes all payroll dollars going to workers employed by contractors and subcontractors as well as local government employees.

Due to winter weather conditions throughout Nevada, a routine decline in construction activity and employment can be created by winter weather conditions not appropriate for certain construction activities

Why does NDOT report the three types of recovery employment data above? NDOT has chosen to report all the measures above to provide a complete picture of the impact our state and local Recovery Act road projects are having on Nevada’s labor market and economic recovery. Additionally, because none of these numbers is a true “head count” of “unique” project employees, it is useful to view them as a whole.

How is the employment data NDOT collects reported to FHWA? NDOT is required by FHWA to submit a monthly employment report (FHWA-1587), containing data collected from contractors for each state and local Recovery road project. Employment data for state and local government employees working on Recovery transportation projects is also reported, although these government employees are not included in the job totals above. This report is submitted monthly, summarizing the previous month’s employment information.