Stimulus money to fix city roads

May 8, 2009 (CHICAGO) Mayor Daley announced Friday the city has begun the process of seeking competitive bids to re-surface arterial streets in all parts of the city.

The funds will come from the American Recovery and Investment Act. More than $1 billion in support is expected. The mayor says the economic stimulus comes at a time when people, the economy and the weather-battered city streets need it the most.

"The Federal Economic Stimulus program... the State Capital program... and our own city program are combining to preserve great jobs... promote economic recovery... and provide assistance to those who need it the most," said Mayor Daley.

Bids on the work will be opened in early June. Work is expected to begin during the summer construction season. Each project should take about six to eight weeks to finish.

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