State Highway Department Plans Stimulus Spending

Montgomery, Alabama – The Alabama Department of Transportation expects to receive anywhere from $500 to $550 million in economic stimulus funding. Tony Harris, a spokesman for Transportation Department, says the money will be used on projects that are "shovel ready" or that can begin within 120 days of receipt of federal dollars.

Harris says the state will have to spend about 50 percent of the federal dollars during the first 120 days and the remainder must be used on projects by the end of the fiscal year. He says each of the state's county highway departments will get the first cut of the federal dollars.

Harris says the money is much needed because the department has not had an increase in funding for projects since 1992.