Early Returns

Construction begins this month on a $6.4 million project in Loveland, Colo.; more than half of which will be paid for by stimulus funds. The project involves the relocation of roads situated just 10 feet from interstate on/off ramps, which handle a tractor-trailer every 90 seconds. The nearby ramps are controlled by stop signs. “People mistakenly turn onto the off-ramp going the wrong way when they're trying to get onto the frontage road from Crossroads Boulevard,” says Public Works Director Keith Reester. Photo: City of Loveland, Colo.

Have you used, or do you plan to use, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funds to retain an AEC firm this year?

Mason, Ohio, was awarded $500,000 through the Ohio EPA's Water Pollution Control Loan Fund to use treated effluent from its wastewater treatment plant to irrigate a city park. “It was a good opportunity to demonstrate conservation and recycling,” says Art Oliver, project coordinator in the public utilities department. Photo: City of Mason, Ohio

The big four The extra funding available for infrastructure through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 has had an impact on the type of projects using AEC firms.

Predictable slowdown Use of AEC firms declines after an overall nationwide drop in property and sales tax revenues.

Intended purpose So far, the two sectors most targeted by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 are benefiting the most, according to our fifth annual survey of the use of AEC firms , and construction firms.

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