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Stimulus-funded highway projects underway


Federal stimulus money has been hitting its targets, paying for new projects and creating jobs in Hawaii, according to state transportation officials. 

Nine projects worth $63 million have benefitted from the funds available under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Among them are projects that call for resurfacing a highway of Kauai, retrofitting a section of a highway on Oahu and improving a bridge on the Big Island. 

In the months ahead, the state Department of Transportation also plans to spend federal stimulus funds on replacing a bridge on Oahu as well as bolstering highways on Maui and Molokai.

State estimates are that federally-funded transportation projects will generate about 3,170 jobs statewide. In addition, for every $1 million in stimulus funds poured into the state, 12.9 jobs are created or preserved, according to the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism.

“Hawaii is not only on track to meet all federal timeline requirements, but will continue to meet the goals we have set for ourselves as a state by applying much more stringent timelines than what is required under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act,” said Brennon Morioka, director of transportation.

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