State departments of transportation have passed their first “use it or lose it” test under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, obligating half of their highway stimulus funds at least 10 days before the June 29 deadline set under the economic-stimulus statute. In another positive sign, the number of ARRA highway and transit project starts has climbed sharply, but critics point out that actual outlays remain small. ARRA required states to obligate—commit to specific projects—at least 50% of their highway stimulus allocations by June 29. If not, the unobligated portions would revert to U.S. DOT to be redistributed to other
The growing need to collect, store and analyze the huge volumes of data collected from infrastructure project stakeholders is generating a new growth area for construction-sector firms, IT vendors and professionals.