PennDOT announces stimulus projects

March 16, 2009 12:02:13 PM PDT
State officials say scores of highway and bridge projects financed by the federal stimulus package are expected to create thousands of jobs. Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Secretary Allen Biehler released the list of more than 240 projects at a Capitol news conference this afternoon.

Biehler says the work financed with $1 billion in stimulus money will improve 399 bridges and 608 miles of roadway. He estimated that will directly and indirectly create 30,000 jobs.

By far the most expensive project will pump $66 million into the preservation of the Girard Point Bridge on Interstate 95 in Philadelphia.

Another big-ticket item is $46 million for the relocation of a railroad and other preparations for the widening of state Route 28 in Pittsburgh.

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