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Sanford Bypass will be 10,000th stimulus project

Posted March 18, 2010

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— The U.S. Highway 421 Bypass around Sanford will be the 10,000th project to be completed with federal stimulus funds, Vice President Joe Biden announced Thursday.

Biden spoke about the Sanford Bypass while touting the success of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act during a visit to Cree Inc. in Durham.

The 2.3-mile stretch is one of two needed to complete the bypass that will provide another route for traffic between Fayetteville and Greensboro and ease congestion on Horner Boulevard in Sanford.

"We are honored to be a part of this important national milestone," state Transportation Secretary Gene Conti said in a statement. "The Recovery Act has provided much-needed jobs for North Carolinians and allowed us to move forward with critical improvements to the state's transportation system."

D.H. Griffin Infrastructure LLC was awarded the $26.7 million contract and says it will hire 45 workers for the project. The Greensboro-based company said federal stimulus funds will also let it hire up to 25 people to widen 2.3 miles of U.S. Highway 401 in Wake County.

"There's no doubt about it that projects funded by the Recovery Act have helped our company retain staff and even grow in what is a tough time for the construction industry," D.H. Griffin operations manager Don Tutterow said in a statement.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the Sanford Bypass will take place March 29.

As of Feb. 1, the North Carolina Department of Transportation had awarded 309 contracts for stimulus-funded projects across the state. The agency estimates that more than 28,000 people have worked on the projects.

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  • prn13norm Mar 18, 2010

    Millions spent for temporary jobs that produce marginally benificial to ludicrously ridiculous projects while bankrupting the American economy.

  • bigtwister Mar 18, 2010

    I drive the bypasss everyday. It has been a wonderful addition to Lee County and will be even nicer once it is completed.

  • oleguy Mar 18, 2010

    Dont forget its borrowed money, maybe the sign should be in Chinese

  • gandalla Mar 18, 2010

    I hope they put up a sign reminding the voters that this is being paid for by the stimulus the same stimulus the republicans refused to vote ya on.

  • drjones74 Mar 18, 2010

    By the way Buffalo Bill, you make a relevant point maybe you did not realize....our whole economy is propped up by growth...this is because unregulated banks have pushed things into profits from future money, not present money....i.e. things like buying on credit cards. It should be well noted that this is a product of the Bush deregulation years, and nothing Obama created, though the current administration should seek a path to keeping the economy running while while reigning in this living off credit lifestyle.

  • drjones74 Mar 18, 2010

    That money supports jobs all the way through the supply chain, not just the 45 new hires. Also not mentioned, but relevant, are the jobs not being lost. Plus all the sub contractors being utilized are not mentioned. I fault WRAL for cultivating the negative comments by leaving out these important facts.

  • buffalobill Mar 18, 2010

    45 people that will be on the unemployment line when the project is over.

    change we can believe in.

  • Iconoclast Mar 18, 2010

    affirmativediversity, the bypass was not being finished because NO money had been allocated. Check your facts first.

  • Iconoclast Mar 18, 2010

    Archmaker, Sanford does not rely on thru traffic for it's economy. It will be nice to get the hundreds of semi trucks that use Horner Blvd every day out of the city. By the way, the new by-pass will be the easiest way for many people to get to the new super Walmart and other businesses on hiway 87 south. All in all, it will probably be a plus for the town's economy.

  • cantstandgoloanymore Mar 18, 2010

    Two posts. Both negative. The usual. :)

    Bet they wouldn't be so negative if they were one of the 45 being hired. Of course they probably would be bacause it isn't a long term job with stupid high pay and stupid over-the-top benefits. I mean, we are all entitled to that, right???

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