April 13th, 2009
09:30 AM ET
13 years ago

Obama sources: stimulus projects 'under budget,' 'ahead of schedule'

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama is hoping for a public relations victory Monday with what the White House sees as a triple-hit of good news from the stimulus bill.

Sources tell CNN Radio that billions in road and bridge money is going "farther" and being used "faster" than expected.

Two administration officials say Obama will announce that the Department of Transportation has funded 2,000 projects so far with stimulus dollars and that those projects have come in "under budget" and "ahead of schedule."

The sources did not provide any details, and it is not yet clear how the White House is judging the expected pace or costs of stimulus projects.

More information may come at an announcement, scheduled for 11:35 a.m. ET at transportation headquarters in Washington. The administration is putting three big names on stage: President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood are all expected to attend.

In prepared remarks, Biden planned to say, "We have the 2,000th transportation project now under way - that's going to help create jobs, make it easier for folks to get to the jobs they have and improve our nation's infrastructure all at the same time."

Aides tell CNN the administration is pointing to a highway-widening project in Kalamazoo County, Michigan as the 2,000th transportation project to receive stimulus help. A stretch of Interstate 94 near Portage, Michigan is set to expand from four lanes to six lanes at a cost $68 million.

The transportation department controls some $48 billion for infrastructure from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The bill was signed into law two months ago this week.

Filed under: Stimulus
soundoff (77 Responses)
  1. Fair is Fair

    So what happens after the stimulus money runs out and the jobs it "created" or "saved" are no longer funded?

    Stimulus II? Stimulus III?

    April 13, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  2. Lori

    Excellent. First the President's excellent leadership in the Cpt. Phillips crisis and now to wake up to hear that the stimulus is helping my fellow Americans makes me happy.

    Jobs that would be created under the Republicans so-called economic plans- Zero.

    Jobs under President Obama's- Many!

    April 13, 2009 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  3. Minnesotan

    The best revenge on the failed policies of the Republicans is to have Obama's plans succeed. Hope we get good news that will further hasten the demise of the consrvatives and their bungling GOP.

    April 13, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    With our deterioting infrastructure, I'm not surprised the stimulus money is being spent so quickly. I'm glad to see it is. This country needs an extreme makeover and these constructions projects will do just that and put people back to work.

    April 13, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  5. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    In prepared remarks, Biden planned to say, "We have the 2,000th transportation project now under way — that's going to help create jobs, make it easier for folks to get to the jobs they have and improve our nation's infrastructure all at the same time."
    So what Biden is saying Is that in two months and 2000 projects no new jobs have been created. This will not create new lasting jobs. As one project ends and a new one begins the same people will go from one job to the next. Even if those state DOT hire a few new people, they will only have jobs for the project duration. I call that temp work.

    April 13, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  6. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Maybe if that is an indication of things to come, then the mounting debt that was grown under the Bush administration and is being built up by stimulus spending will not be a bad thing. Will this bring us out of the recession sooner? Only time will tell. We still need to cut current spending levels and maintain current tax rates (raise some on the wealthy though).

    April 13, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  7. DaMaestro

    Take that Newt!

    April 13, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  8. Dan, TX

    Build baby build.

    April 13, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  9. Will18E

    As an Obama supporter I do not agree with these projects.
    In my state Maryland, these funds are going to restart MDOT projects that are backed logged. One project in Montgomery Country has been backed logged for 17 years. Now the stimulus money is paying for roads the people of Maryland could not afford to finish or fix whether or not the economy was good or bad. So what happens next year when we have more roads to maintain that we could not afford in the first place.

    April 13, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  10. Frazier the Amazer!

    Ok, "El Rushbo", Hannity, O'Reilly, Colter and the rest, let's hear the "Bronx Cheer" you're preparing. Why don't you condemn the rescue of the African coast and Bo, the "First Dog" while you're at it. Ian Fleming's "Dr. No" has turned into the party of "no". No plan, no policy, no candidates, nothing, nada! This former Republican left and millions joined me.

    Geez, a Democrat with a plan than coming in under budget and ahead of schedule. What's a "Newt"' to do?

    April 13, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  11. Deborah/Kansas City

    What a great weekend for Americans. Heros, international admiration, optimism for the country's economy; and a leader who is proving he can rise above the hysterical complaining and personal hatred of the few; to do right by the country and prove them wrong with his actions.

    April 13, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  12. Mike Dallas

    Excellent work to both President Obama's staff and the staff of the states in which the 2,000 projects are in place.


    April 13, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  13. Sam Sixpack

    "Under budget" and "ahead of schecule." How can that be? Was there ever a government funded road project that was completed in just a month or two? Something smells like fish.

    April 13, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |

    I am sooo proud of you President Obama! Your plans, and implementations are already starting to turn things around in our economy!

    In regards to ASU: let Biden, or Hillary give their commencement speech! Why should THAT SCHOOL have the honor of being the recepient of your first commencement address as POTUS? I'd prefer if you were co-valedicotrian to a school of appreciative kindergartens than to these thinly-veiled racist jerks!

    April 13, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  15. D

    Must be nice for the states that get road work done so quickly.

    It's certainly not in NJ. The unions will sit around getting paid to do nothing, and maybe 5 ft of road will be done before the money is dried up.

    April 13, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  16. Jimmy D.

    Build, baby, build!

    April 13, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  17. david

    wonder how much "under budget" and most importantly what is being done with monies not spent? is the money being returned to the pot or kept by someone, some entity? wondering too how many jobs were created and how many currently unemployed were hired for those jobs? hope obama gives details and not just sound bites like "under budget", "stimulous working", "on target" and the usual corporate babble.

    April 13, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  18. 31% of Americans are TRAITORS for wanting America to FAIL and 69% of Americans to SUFFER!

    At least President Obama's deficit spending is being used to improve roads in THIS country!

    The future generations will at least benefit from these improvements which they will end up paying for, unlike the 5 trillion that the shrub left for them to pay which was used for no-bid contract to KBR to builds roads in Iraq!

    April 13, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  19. alvino

    More bad news for the party of "NO!" Maybe their insistence on tax cuts for the wealthy was not the best thing for the country at this time. Although, that was the way Hoover would have done it.

    Can someone get the republicans to stop stalling and bring forth the ambassador to Iraq for a vote? Enough is enough.

    April 13, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  20. Hmmmm....

    I've been in construction...expect these roads to have to be redone/repaired soon.

    Aside from that- goodness/bad news. OK, so now that they have already completed this work- where do these workers go now as unemployment is still rising.

    The way I see it, most of the programs FDR initiated are the very program causing us the biggest headaches now- Social Security/Medicare/cost of big government...yes we are trippi gover those things and this government beleves that is good and wishes to add to it. There is no LASTING good news here. Just our daily fix.

    April 13, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  21. yuri

    We see constructions comin' along certainly in a comely and cute manner, thus culminatin' in more car-worthy roads, and commercial buildings curiously tryin' to osculate the colossal skies. Skeptics will always try to torpedo the stimulus strategy. So what?

    April 13, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  22. live as one

    obama = progress

    April 13, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  23. LISA

    Great job Mr. President and this awesome administration!
    Kudos to the Navy Seals!

    April 13, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  24. Sean Chong

    Right now it's really cheap to do construction, every contractors are reducing their price.... of course underbudget. It's the best time to build, and government should take this opportunity!

    April 13, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  25. Shannon

    I love it. Under buget!! Not thats a great job...Yes we can Obama you show those repugs how to run our country!

    April 13, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
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