Illinois Leads in Stimulus Highway Funds

 
STIMULUS TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS

The Obama administration has approved $6.5 billion of the $27.5 billion the federal stimulus package sets aside for highways and bridges. So far, Illinois ranks first in the number of projects and amount of federal dollars.

Sort by:
State Number of projects Federal
funding
Illinois 249  $606,303,854
Texas 164  $533,724,551
Tennessee 131  $291,724,682
Iowa 107  $220,391,253
Pennsylvania 106  $279,106,578
Missouri 95  $191,053,635
New York 94  $265,837,525
Oklahoma 88  $307,715,607
Indiana 86  $125,724,525
Utah 79  $118,476,786
Maryland 74  $219,647,795
South Carolina 67  $146,696,513
Arkansas 58  $55,050,010
Washington 59  $104,440,585
Minnesota 58  $191,905,672
North Carolina 53  $165,075,969
Maine 52  $83,526,019
Wisconsin 43  $128,984,039
West Virginia 37  $49,601,300
Mississippi 36  $137,023,720
Oregon 31  $99,202,053
Wyoming 31  $62,829641
North Dakota 31  $60,033,587
Rhode Island 30  $54,527,282
Michigan 27  $110,806,647
Arizona 25  $143,638,821
California 22  $261,426,009
Nebraska 21  $73,440,657
Colorado 19  $118,405,402
Massachusetts 19  $63,879,851
Vermont 17  $38,808,082
Montana 17  $26,639,960
Louisiana 13  $84,539,172
South Dakota 13  $84,518,279
New Hampshire 13  $82,774,423
New Jersey 12  $282,120,599
Alabama 12  $100,566,528
Connecticut 8  $84,485,420
Nevada 8  $49,789,288
Delaware 8  $9,817,373
Kansas 6  $184,263,540
Hawaii 5  $12,524,464
New Mexico 4  $53,300,000
Kentucky 4  $49,665,318
State Number of projects Federal
funding
Illinois 249  $606,303,854
Texas 164  $533,724,551
Oklahoma 88  $307,715,607
Tennessee 131  $291,724,682
New Jersey 12  $282,120,599
Pennsylvania 106  $279,106,578
New York 94  $265,837,525
California 22  $261,426,009
Iowa 107  $220,391,253
Maryland 74  $219,647,795
Minnesota 58  $191,905,672
Missouri 95  $191,053,635
Kansas 6  $184,263,540
North Carolina 53  $165,075,969
South Carolina 67  $146,696,513
Arizona 25  $143,638,821
Mississippi 36  $137,023,720
Wisconsin 43  $128,984,039
Indiana 86  $125,724,525
Utah 79  $118,476,786
Colorado 19  $118,405,402
Michigan 27  $110,806,647
Washington 59  $104,440,585
Alabama 12  $100,566,528
Oregon 31  $99,202,053
Louisiana 13  $84,539,172
South Dakota 13  $84,518,279
Connecticut 8  $84,485,420
Maine 52  $83,526,019
New Hampshire 13  $82,774,423
Nebraska 21  $73,440,657
Massachusetts 19  $63,879,851
North Dakota 31  $60,033,587
Arkansas 58  $55,050,010
Rhode Island 30  $54,527,282
New Mexico 4  $53,300,000
Nevada 8  $49,789,288
Kentucky 4  $49,665,318
West Virginia 37  $49,601,300
Vermont 17  $38,808,082
Montana 17  $26,639,960
Hawaii 5  $12,524,464
Delaware 8  $9,817,373

Alaska, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Ohio and Virginia have yet to have any projects approved.

Source: The U.S. Department of Transportation, APril 2009

In states' quest to get the most federal transportation recovery dollars the quickest, Illinois has jumped to the front of the pack.

Of the more than 2,000 transportation projects that President Obama announced April 13 had won federal approval for stimulus money so far, Illinois snagged 249 projects and $606 million.

Texas was second both in the number of projects (164) and for the amount of money ($533 million).

Tennessee, Iowa and Pennsylvania rounded out the top five states with the most number of transportation projects, and Oklahoma, Tennessee and New Jersey ranked after Illinois and Texas in getting the most  transportation funding to date.

Dead last are Alaska, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Ohio and Virginia, which have yet to have any transportation projects formally approved under the stimulus package.

Obama and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood both represented Illinois on Capitol Hill, but the administration says favoritism didn't play a role in the state's landing the lion's share of the projects and funding so far.

"The way these projects came in to us was up to the states. We didn't go to them (Illinois officials) and say `hurry up and get your stuff in Illinois,'" said Lori Irving, a U.S. Department of Transportation spokeswoman. The process "was really driven by the individual states," she said.

The $6.5 billion for these 2,081 projects is part of $48.1 billion that the stimulus package has set aside for transportation projects. Of that, $27.5 billion is for highways and bridges, $8.4 billion for high-speed rail and $1.3 billion for Amtrak.

The 2,000th project,  to widen Interstate 94 in Kalamazoo County, Mich., received $56 million. Other approved projects include $80 million to repair the South Jersey Expressway; nearly $62 million to fix part of the US-69 Corridor in Overland Park and Lenexa, Kan.; and $50 million to construct a four-lane expressway in Brook County, Texas.

The Illinois projects include $29 million to replace a bridge and build a new interchange on Interstates 55 and 70 in Madison County and $5.5 million to resurface a portion of Route 137 in northeast Illinois.

States are under enormous pressure to get shovels in the ground. They have until June 17 to use half of their share of highway funds for "quick-start" projects or risk losing the money.

Maryland announced in March that it was the first state in the country to meet all requirements, locking in its $431 million share.

 
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