THE CONCRETE BRIDGE MAGAZINE

FALL 2009

ASPIRE is a quarterly magazine published by PCI in cooperation with the associations of the National Concrete Bridge Council. The editorial content focuses on the latest technology and key issues in the Concrete Bridge Industry.

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by Robert Bini and M. Myint Lwin, Federal Highway Administration $0 $7.5 $15 $22.5 $30 $27.5 $9.3 $8.4 $1.5 $1.3 $0.1 $0.02 ;rHnsWortHtion 0n]estTents Iillions ;otHl $48.12 Iillion Federal High way Administration (FHWA) Federal Rail road Administration (FRA) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Offce o f the Secretary o f Transportation (OST) Federal Avi ation Administration (FAA) Maritime Administration (MARAD) Offce o f the Inspector General (OIG) $550 million $105 million $45 million $60 million $20 million $20 million $40 million Total $840 million Federal -ands and Indian Reservation 1rogram 1Verto Rico Highway 1rogram Territorial Highway 1rogram Ferry #oat Discretionary 1rogram Onthe+oCSVpportive Services Disadvantaged #Vsiness &nterprises #onding Assistance Oversight of 1roKects Cy FHWA 42 | ASPIRE , Fall 2009 F H WA F H WA The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) was enacted by the 111 th United States Congress and signed into law by President Obama on February 17, 2009. The purposes of the Recovery Act are to: • Preserve and create jobs and promote economic recovery; • Assist those most impacted by the recession; • Provide investments needed to increase economic efficiency by spurring technological advances in science and health; • Invest in transportation, environmental protection, and other infrastructure that will provide long-term economic benefits; and • Stabilize state and local government budgets, in order to minimize and avoid reductions in essential services and counterproductive state and local tax increases. The Recovery Act contains a total of $787 billion in investments, of which $48.12 billion is for modernizing the nation's transportation infrastructure. The distributions of the transportation investments are shown in Fig. 1. Rebuilding America's Highway Infrastructure In his inauguration day address on January 20, 2009, President Obama said, "For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act—not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids, and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together…All this we can do. All this we will do." The Recovery Act appropriates a total of $27.5 billion in Highway Infrastructure Investment funds for restoration, repair, construction, and other improvement activities for roads and bridges under the Surface Transportation Program (STP). The Recovery Act establishes the set-asides shown in Fig. 2. The remaining $26.66 billion ($27.5 billion less set-asides of $0.84 billion) of the Highway Infrastructure Investment funds is to be distributed in accordance with provisions in the Recovery Act. The Recovery Act requires that 3% of the funds be dedicated to transportation enhancements, 30% be dedicated and distributed according to urban areas with a population greater than 200,000, to The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 – the First 120 Days Figure 1 - Distributions of the Transportation Investments. Figure 2 - The established Recovery Act set-asides. ASPIRE_fall09.indb 42 9/11/09 3:07:34 PM

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