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.