Today is Day 2 of my ride on Vice President Biden's "Road to Recovery" tour.
Yesterday, with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Pennsylvania's Gov. Ed Rendell and Sen. Arlen Specter, we visited a bridge project in Carlisle, PA.
As the AP reports:
The $1.7 million replacement bridge over Conodoguinet Creek is being financed exclusively with stimulus money. The main contractor says the project has allowed it to hire 30 additional workers a 10 percent expansion of its work force.
In Carlisle, we had a chance to talk with Matthew Yacobenus, project manager for the Conodoguinet Creek bridgework. He credits the stimulus for kickstarting his company's expansion.
Later in the day, we were off to Overland Park, Kansas, for the launch of a project widening U.S. 69 near what the Kansas City Star considers "one of the worst bottlenecks in Kansas."
Along with the Vice President and Sec. Sebelius, we were joined by Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson, Kansas Transportation Secretary Deb Miller, and Overland Park Mayor Carl Gerlach. You can barely see me in the photo below, behind Gov. Parkinson--I'll have to talk to him about that.
When Deputy Secretary Porcari was in Wisconsin last week, we were able to gather similar impressions from Brandon Nesler, a Wisconsin worker rehired for a highway interchange project near Racine. We captured his story on video as well. You can hear his story on our website.
Today, we're on to Kalamazoo County, Michigan, where we'll be breaking ground on the 2000th transportation project--Oh yes, I did say "2000"--funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. This is the project President Obama and Vice President Biden announced in April when they visited our DOT headquarters.
By the way, since we announced the funding for the Kalamazoo I-94 project, we've announced funding for over 2500 more. If you're keeping score at home, that's a total of over 4500 ARRA funded transportation projects.
As VP Biden said in Kansas, "It’s not only important to get the money out, but it’s important to get it out in the right way.”