American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
"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."
President Barack Obama, Inaugural Address – Jan. 20, 2009
Overview of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) was signed into law by President Obama on February 17th, 2009. It is an unprecedented effort to jumpstart our economy, create or save millions of jobs, and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st century. The Act is an extraordinary response to a crisis unlike any since the Great Depression, and includes measures to modernize our nation's infrastructure, enhance energy independence, expand educational opportunities, preserve and improve affordable health care, provide tax relief, and protect those in greatest need.
Implementing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
Transportation is a great enabler of economic growth, the lifeblood of commerce. It moves people to jobs and goods to the marketplace. Without strong transportation arteries, economies stagnate. We will use the transportation funding in the Act to deliver jobs and restore our nation's economy. We will emphasize sustainable investment and focus our policies on the people, businesses and communities who use the transportation systems. And, we will focus on the quality of our environment. We will invest in jobs to expand transit capacity and modernize transit systems. We will invest in jobs to allow Amtrak to add and modernize cars and engines and upgrade its tracks. We will invest in jobs to expand airport capacity and make safety improvements. We will invest in jobs to build and rehabilitate and make safer roads, highways, bridges and ports. And we will invest in jobs to launch high-speed rail in America.
The Federal Lands Highway Program and the Recovery Act
Through either in-house, engineering and support staff or through on-call consultant engineering assistance, the Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division is available to assist upon request with any highway transportation project. While Eastern Federal Lands is similar to a State DOT, it neither maintains nor operates roads nor can we acquire right-of-way. Eastern’s capabilities include planning; environmental compliance; highway design, bridge design, survey and mapping, hydraulics, geotechnical, traffic, safety, ITS, design visualization, and related design; Architect/Engineering consultant procurement and contract administration, construction contract procurement and contract administration; construction engineering; road and bridge inventory and inspection; and asset management systems. Design and construction projects range from simple rural resurfacing to highly complex, high volume, urban arterial parkways. The EFL awards approximately 40 construction contracts annually averaging between $100 and $200 million. Read more
- USDOT/FHWA and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
- Supplement to FHWA Questions & Answers on American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Federal Lands Highway Program Implementation Guidance
- FHWA Questions & Answers on American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Issues Raised by State DOTs
- Distribution of Highway Funds under American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
- Summary of the Federal Lands Highway Program under the Recovery Act