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Georgia Nixes Stimulus Signs

Thursday, 15 Oct 2009 10:24 AM

By Jim Meyers

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Georgia has become the latest state to forgo green highway signs indicating that road construction work was paid for by the stimulus program.

The signs, which proclaim “Project Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act,” cost an average of $1,200 apiece in Georgia, said David Spear, the press secretary for the Georgia Department of Transportation.

The state was putting up two signs at each project, and with 119 construction contracts awarded through September, the cost of the signs was adding up, The New York Times reported.

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Critics of the stimulus had complained to the department about the cost of the signs, and Spear said: “The more we reflected on it, the more we realized they were absolutely right: it’s not the best use of the money.”

The signs have been strongly encouraged by the Federal Highway Administration, but not required.

Last month Sen. Judd Gregg, a New Hampshire Republican who voted against the stimulus package, offered an amendment to the transportation spending bill that would ban funding for the signs, The Wall Street Journal reported.

“Considering the questionable effectiveness of the stimulus bill, it is completely unreasonable that signs are being constructed at a price tag of hundreds to thousands of dollars...for lawmakers to pat themselves on the back about this legislation,” he said in a statement.

The amendment had the support of all 40 Republican senators, but was rejected by the Democratic majority.

Along with Georgia, Texas has also banned the signs, Virginia and Florida decided not to use them, and New York stopped requiring them this past summer.

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