It seems like just yesterday that we were scratching our heads over the fine print in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, then scrambling to submit requests.

Judging from the responses to Public Works' bi-weekly quick-polls, folks are ambivalent about the new administration's unprecedented experiment in infrastructure investment. Why look a gift horse in the mouth? On the other hand, how well is it working?

City and regional planning organizations worked to achieve some sort of balance between state- and locally approved projects. One reader told me he'd never seen his state DOT respond so quickly, but that later one of his department's two proposals was removed from the approved-projects list. Another reader says she's disappointed that her department's project wasn't accepted, but gratified that projects in less affluent areas of the state were.

What do you think? The legislation aimed to put folks in economically depressed areas back to work as quickly as possible, but the amount of money it made available for infrastructure represents the tip of an enormous iceberg of need.

As the voice of professionals serving America's communities, Public Works works to champion your department's contribution to quality of life and help you invest limited resources most effectively. We're investigating what impact the legislation had on our readers' operations with another quick-poll. While responses are anonymous, we're asking this time that you provide contact information because we'd greatly appreciate the opportunity to follow up with you directly with any questions.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to provide your valuable insight. And as always, please don't hesitate to contact me with comments or questions.