Earlier today, I helped break ground on the new Milton-Madison Bridge, which crosses the Ohio River and connects Indiana and Kentucky.
It joins two towns. It joins two states. It reminds us that when Democrats and Republicans--like Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels--build bridges between one another, the American people benefit. And it ties together two ideas: economic recovery and infrastructure renewal.
Across America, the Recovery Act has financed 15,000 transportation projects like the Milton-Madison Bridge. It has restored tens of thousands of miles of long-neglected roadways, runways, railways, transitways, and waterways.
And through this investment--the largest public works program since the New Deal--the Recovery Act has helped spur 10 consecutive months of private sector job growth after 22 straight months of job losses. It has helped produce more than a million private sector jobs during 2010 and close to 3.5 million jobs overall. And it has helped bring the American economy back from the brink with a powerful ripple effect that is helping small businesses.