Tue., February 2, 2010 12:42pm (EST)

Stimulus: $600 M for Transportation So Far
By Rickey Bevington
Updated: 4 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
$600 M in stimulus funds have so far paid for 243 transportation projects in Georgia.  (photo courtesy Anita from Klagenfurt, Austria)
$600 M in stimulus funds have so far paid for 243 transportation projects in Georgia. (photo courtesy Anita from Klagenfurt, Austria)
Since May, Georgia has used more than $600 million stimulus dollars for transportation projects.

Nearly 250 separate projects have split that money.

12 of them are new construction contracts valued at $82 million.

Among them, finishing the Harry S. Truman Parkway in Savannah after years of delays.

Nationwide, $48 billion of the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds are dedicated to transportation improvements.

The money is funding upgrades to infrastructure such as highways, public transit, high speed rail, and aviation.

According to the state Department of Transportation, Georgia is the 3rd fastest-growing state in the nation, yet 49th in per capita spending on transportation.