Gov. Bev Perdue says $466 million in federal spending for road and bridge projects will create about 14,000 jobs in North Carolina.
She released the first list of projects today ("N.C. lines up stimulus projects"), for contracts NCDOT will put out for bid in the next four months. (You can find the list in a PDF with an NCDOT press release and on NCDOT's stimulus updates page.)
The second wave of road-bridge work, to be funded with the remaining $270 million in stimulus money, will be announced in 45 days. Local leaders across the state are supposed to get a bigger say in shaping this second list. We'll see.
As reported here yesterday, the Triangle's Division 5 is spending most of its $36.9 million share to resurface some worn-out roads and freeways, including the oldest stretch of I-540. Division 5 will have an additional $41.6 million to spend later.
The Road Worrier reported today that $2 million in Division 5 loot would pay for better signs around Raleigh's Beltline, including a plan to get rid of the confusing Inner Beltline / Outer Beltline designation.
That's not on the official stimu-list released today. It appears that the Beltline sign project will move ahead anyway, but with a different source of federal moolah called GARVEE bonds.