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American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  When will the final lists of transportation projects be available?

 A:The first ten projects in the March 20, 2009 letting have already been awarded. Additional projects are being identified and those lists will be posted to our website as well as included in the May 8 and June 12 contract lettings.

Q: Will this really help add jobs in Tennessee?

A: Yes, and we believe it will also result in job retention. Some firms in the transportation industry had already moved to lay off employees. This infusion of funds will help bring many of those employees back to work and new employees will be hired. We believe these funds will help employment during this time as our economy is recovering.

Q: When will these projects begin?

A:Some have already begun, but TDOT believes that all projects being funded under ARRA will certainly be underway by the end of summer.

Q: Will this federal stimulus result in new positions being added at TDOT?

A: No. TDOT will not request any more positions in order to accomplish the implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. TDOT estimates that about 25,000 private industry jobs will be either maintained or created as a result of this transportation stimulus package.