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Stimulus Newsletter April 28, 2010

During the peak of the Recovery Act, Stimulus News You Can Use was one way WSDOT kept transportation stakeholders updated on the fast-moving effort to put people to work and improve the state’s infrastructure. Each edition contained information on project delivery and highlights. 
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April 28, 2010

This week's stimulus snapshotCrews pour and rake concrete for the new panels on I-5. WSDOT is replacing 295 panels on I-5 between Martin Way in Lacey and 48th Street in Tacoma.

  • Employees earned $7 million working on Recovery Act projects in March 
  • Three local highway projects awarded 
  • Federal Recovery Act accountability reports to be published online April 30 
  • WSDOT begins I-5 work in Pierce and Thurston counties
  • Key April and May dates
  • Useful Recovery Act web links 
  • Stimulus data table update

Stimulus project employees earned $7 million in March – Payroll on Recovery Act highway projects increased from February to March as employees on state and local projects receiving Recovery Act highway funds worked over 171,000 hours and earned payroll totaling over $7 million in March, up from payroll of $5.3 million and almost 131,000 hours in February. Improving weather and additional project starts led to the increase. The full data set is available at WSDOT’s stimulus employment webpage.

  • To date, employees have worked over 1.8 million hours on projects receiving highway stimulus funds and earned over $72 million in payroll.
  • March was the ninth straight month workers have put in over 130,000 labor hours and earned over $5 million in payroll on stimulus projects.

Three local governments in Clark County awarded Recovery Act projects – Vancouver, Camas, and Battle Ground each advertised Recovery Act projects last week. To date, 155 local projects and 44 state projects receiving Recovery Act highway funds, or 95% of the all certified projects, have been awarded or are under way. The projects awarded are:

OMB Quarterly Report to be published April 30 – States and local governments receiving stimulus funds have submitted detailed quarterly Recovery Act accountability reports to the White House Office of Management and Budget. The reporting will be published on the federal stimulus website www.Recovery.gov on April 30.

Highlight of the week

I-5 Recovery Act concrete rehabilitation project progressing in Thurston and Pierce counties
Crews are replacing 295 concrete panels on I-5 between Martin Way in Lacey and 48th Street in Tacoma.
For WSDOT's Olympic Region, one of its biggest construction projects of the year is making its way down I-5 this spring and summer.

WSDOT and contractor Penhall Company began rehabilitating the concrete roadway in Thurston and Pierce counties three weeks ago. Nightly closures and weekend work have provided crews the construction windows needed to replace 85 of 295 concrete panels and 3,018 of 56,700 dowel bars on the project.

Construction between Martin Way in Lacey and 48th Street in Tacoma began in March and is scheduled for completion in September. The $8.4 million project replaces pavement that is over 50 years old – more than twice its expected 20-year lifespan.

Important dates

April 29: Tentative bid opening for the North Spokane Corridor TIGER project
April 30: Stimulus data to be published to www.Recovery.gov
May 3: House T & I Subcommittee hearing on High-speed rail intermodal connections
May 20: Next performance report due to House T & I Committee


Websites of interest

WSDOT ARRA website: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/funding/stimulus
Washington recovery website: http://www.recovery.wa.gov/
Federal recovery website: http://www.recovery.gov/
FHWA recovery website: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/economicrecovery/index.htm
Federal Transit Administration recovery website: www.fta.dot.gov/recovery
Federal Rail Administration recovery website: http://www.fra.dot.gov/Page/P0394
Federal Aviation Administration recovery website: http://www.faa.gov/recovery
OMB recovery website: http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/recovery_default/

This week by the numbers (project dollars in millions)

Individual highway projects

State

Local

Total

Notes

Operationally complete

21 (45%)

74 (46%)

95 (45%)

No additional projects completed this edition 

Awarded/under way1

44 (94%)

155 (96%)

199 (95%)

Includes completed projects

Advertised

47 (100%)

157 (97%)

204 (98%)

Includes completed and awarded projects

Certified, awaiting advertisement

0 (0%)

5 (3%)

5 (2%)

These projects are planned for upcoming advertisement

Total highway funds

$340

$152

$492

 

Obligated funds2

$340 (100%)

$152 (100%)

$492 (100%)

All funds were obligated by
March 2, 2010

Projects certified

47 (100%)

162 (100%)

209 (100%)

Three additional projects certified
in March

Projects obligated2

47 (100%)

159 (98%)

206 (99%)

FHWA has approved funds for the projects

Safety funding buckets ($12 stimulus)

Rumble
Strips

Cable
median
barrier

Total

Notes

Completed

15

6

21

State stimulus funds only

Awarded

28

11

39

Includes completed projects

Advertised 

28

13

41

Includes completed and awarded projects

Transit projects

Large
urban

Small
urban

Nonurban/
rural

State total

Percent of total $179 awarded

100%

100%

100%

100%
Includes Washington State Ferries projects

Number of Transit projects obligated

35 of 35

19 of 19

20 of 20

55 of 55
FTA counts all rural projects as one project

March employment

State

Local

Total

Notes

Payroll (in millions)

$3

$4

$7
for March

Cumulatively, $72 million to date 
Average wage is $38 per hour

Hours

60,687

102,576

171,263 for March

Employees have worked 1,867,991 hours to date

FTEs

397

593

990
for March

FTE = 173 hours per month

Employees

1,183

2,674

3,857
for March

Note: Not a count of unique employees

This includes one state project that has stimulus funding authorized for pre-construction and is currently under way. 
2 All funds were obligated by the March 2, 2010 deadline as required by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. As projects develop, obligation totals will fluctuate as funds are deobligated due to low bids or savings are realized on project closeouts. Unobligated ARRA balances available to the Highway Construction Program will be used to fund Tier 3 projects. Local ARRA balances will be made available to three additional local projects which were certified on March 8. After September 30, 2010, ARRA funds may not be re-obligated and any balances will be turned over to FHWA for distribution back to the states for project cost increases. 


Last revised on April 11, 2014