Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, released the following statement regarding a report published today by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO):
Senator Boxer said, “I am very pleased with the special report by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials which shows the Recovery Act created or sustained over 280,000 highway and transit jobs to date – including over 28,000 in California.”
The AASHTO report also found that as of January 7, 2010:
· 1,125 bridges had been improved, replaced, or newly constructed.
· 21,400 miles of pavement were either improved, resurfaced, or widened.
· 1,700 safety traffic management projects were implemented.
· Over 630 miles of bike lanes, sidewalks, or environmental mitigation projects were underway.
· 7,450 buses have been purchased and 1,637 bus shelters constructed.
“This report shows that investing in our bridges, highways, and transit creates jobs and builds infrastructure needed by families, businesses and communities,” said Senator Boxer.