A Rancho Cordova intersection marked for repaving
The Sacramento region’s dozens of transportation projects funded by the federal stimulus bill are starting to move forward. Local officials gathered at the first project under way in Sacramento County Tuesday to promote the progress.
(sound of cars driving by)
This doesn’t sound like a construction site – just cars whizzing past a Rancho Cordova intersection. But as workers marked the road for a repaving project Tuesday, Congressman Dan Lungren stood nearby. He’s a Republican from a district that includes parts of Sacramento’s eastern suburbs and the Sierra foothills. He opposed the stimulus bill, but says transportation projects are the right way to jump-start the economy.
Lungren: “It’s good for us to come out and show that we can disagree on other things, but Democrats and Republicans can get together and say if there’s one thing we agree on with this spending package, it is for simple infrastructure.”
Sacramento-area officials say they’re hoping to spend the nearly $90 million in stimulus transportation funds as quickly as possible. They also hope to compete for more money in the future – if other states fail to spend their funds fast enough.