Infrastructure money released on Tuesday says Matheson
Congressman Jim Matheson said on Tuesday that the United States Transportation Secretary is releasing the first round of infrastructure funding that was included in the economic recovery legislation passed by Congress three weeks ago.
This money includes more than $70 million for Utah projects.
The funding is included in HR 1 - the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which he supported to aid Utah's struggling economy.
"This is money that will immediately put Utahns to work on the badly-needed infrastructure projects that are 'shovel-ready'," said Matheson. "The work includes safety upgrades, road-widening and road repairs that will make travel safer and more efficient in both urban and rural areas."
Matheson said one of the main reasons he voted for the economic recovery package was that job creation money would come directly to Utah in an accountable way.
Matheson said the projects that have been identified for this round of funding include a section of I-215 in Salt Lake County, US-40 near West Roosevelt, and US-191 near Monticello. He said the list is posted on the web site set up to track how the economic recovery money is spent at www.recovery.gov
"With the jobless rate in Utah hovering close to 5 percent, the news that construction companies will be hiring workers around Utah is a bright spot in an otherwise gloomy economic picture," concluded Matheson.