Obama administration expedites 14 infrastructure projects

Five transportation jobs to benefit from environmental streamlining

October 11, 2011

In another effort to move the economy, President Barack Obama announced on Oct. 11 that 14 infrastructure projects would be streamlined in an effort to create jobs and repair a crippling system.

Five of the projects were transportation related, including the Tappan Zee Bridge project in New York, the Whittier Bridge project in Massachusetts, and the Provo Westside Connector in Utah. The other two were light-rail projects.

Despite the move from the White House, Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, wanted to see action on a grander scale.

“We must expedite the review process for all projects, not just a handful,” he said in a statement. “When the entire infrastructure project process is mired in red tape, the Administration’s plan is a drop in the bucket compared to what must be done.”

Pete Ruane, president and CEO of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association, applauded the move and again credited transportation network improvements with creating jobs and improving the economy.

“By expediting the environmental review and permitting process the Administration has demonstrated fiscal stewardship that will deliver needed transportation projects, create jobs and improve the quality of life for all Americans, while protecting the environment,” he said in a statement.