2010-03-11 / Local & State

Pa. Top Ranked For Delivering Fed. Recovery Projects

Pennsylvania is the topranked large state – and ranks third overall – for the speed with which its Department of Transportation started and delivered projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, according to a Congressional committee.

The U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s latest ranking of the states showed Pennsylvania climbed from No. 6 to No. 3 and is the highest ranked large state. The committee has paid close attention to how the states have managed the $27 billion in highway and bridge recovery funds allocated by the Recovery Act.

PennDOT is managing nearly four times the amount of road and bridge funding of the two states ranked higher – Maine and Wyoming – combined.

“This recognition reflects the incredibly hard work done by dedicated PennDOT employees on behalf of the people of Pennsylvania,” said Secretary Allen D. Biehler, P.E. “From pre-planning to the execution, PennDOT and its partners in the local planning regions and contractors across the state have worked diligently to inject these dollars into the economy as quickly as possible.”

So far, PennDOT has completed 92 Recovery-funded projects worth $125 million.

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