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March 3, 2009

First stimulus road project in Montgomery County

During a visit to the Department of Transportation today, President Barack Obama said that just 14 days after he signed the stimulus law, "we are seeing shovels hit the ground."

He referenced a highway rebuilding project that is starting in Montgomery County, and is employing a family-owned Pennsylvania firm, American Infrastructure, according to The Baltimore Sun's Paul West, who was with the president.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood praised Maryland transportation chief John Porcari for getting the project off the ground fast.

Gov. Martin O’Malley said later that construction will start this week on a $2.1 million road resurfacing and improvement project along New Hampshire Avenue in Montgomery County.

“Just two weeks after President Obama signed the Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law, we are putting people to work in Maryland,” said O’Malley in a statement. “With the start of this project, we begin the aggressive investment in our roads, bridges and transit systems that has the potential to support up to 17,500 jobs. The road to recovery begins here as we start our effort to build a stronger Maryland.”

It is the first time the road has been resurfaced in 17 years, officials said.

Posted by David Nitkin at 3:22 PM | | Comments (3)


Why is it being contracted to a PA contractor? What the F is wrong with this state?!?!?

"It is the first time the road has been resurfaced in 17 years, officials said."

Sounds like the elected officials in MoCo and the State have neglected this road for far too long.
Is that a failure of the government? YES.

Last week the boy gov said it would create 10,000 jobs. Now it is 75% more? What changed gov? Your math was WRONG when you said 10,000. Is it possible you can tell the people of your "one Maryland" the TRUTH?

Yeah, why the heck is this project being given to a PA firm? That is ridiculous.

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Annie Linskey covers state politics and government for The Baltimore Sun. Previously, as a City Hall reporter, she wrote about the corruption trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon and kept a close eye on city spending. Originally from Connecticut, Annie has also lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she reported on war crimes tribunals and landmines. She lives in Canton.

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