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ADOT: Federal stimulus money gets road construction moving

Money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act currently is fueling road projects around the state, according to information from the Arizona Department of Transportation.

ADOT reports that 17 federal stimulus-related projects currently are under construction statewide, and two more are already complete.

On Friday, the state awarded contracts for more projects. The State Transportation Board approved a number of contracts for Recovery Act projects during a special telephonic meeting, adding to the 40 contracts already approved.

"A total of 51 Recovery Act projects have been advertised to date," stated a press release from ADOT.

Two Yavapai County projects were among the ARRA projects that the state approved Friday, including:

• Highway 69 - repaving from Humboldt to Highway 169. Contractor Grady's Quality Excavating won the $391,355 contract.

• Highway 89 - bridge deck repair on Hell Canyon Bridge. Contractor Bison Contracting won the $317,429 contract.

A local project also was among the early ARRA projects. ADOT reported that the Highway 69 repaving project between Cordes Junction and Mayer began on June 30 and finished up on July 31 - the first of the federal stimulus projects to wrap up construction.

Fann Contracting of Prescott, which won that $1.9 million contract, completed the project about three months ahead of schedule.

Along with improving the state's highways and creating more than 6,000 construction jobs, ADOT says, the ARRA projects also have produced millions in savings when comparing the state's estimates to the approved low bids.

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