Here's something that is kind of fun and very useful. The web team at our Federal Highway Administration has created an interactive map of the U.S. that shows every single one of our 12,000+ Recovery Act road projects.
It's very simple: Each of the 12,000 dots represents a project. That's a lot of dots. And clicking on any given one of them brings up information about that project.
But more important than the number of dots is that every dot in every state represents jobs. And whether we're keeping someone from unemployment or hiring someone back, these Recovery Act projects are creating jobs. Tens of thousands of jobs.
Those dots also add up to a lot of safer, smoother miles for you, your loved ones, and the commercial truck drivers who transport the goods we use from place to place.
I'm doubly proud of this map. First, because it reflects a lot of hard work from a lot of people at DOT, in FHWA, and in states like yours. This kind of achievement certainly doesn't happen without effective, dedicated partners.
And second, I'm proud of the map itself, which demonstrates that this DOT is a leader in government transparency.
Now, all along, we have faithfully reported our stimulus data. For some people, however, reports don't quite capture the historic scale of what we've done. This map does exactly that.
And for those of you looking for more analytical data, the folks at the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) have worked hard to create a great set of state-by-state fact sheets about Recovery Act Spending in the States.
So please, check out the work of the FHWA web team, poke around the map, and take a moment to consider the real benefits each of those dots represents: renewed infrastructure, men and women securely on the job, and a DOT that is working for you.