Report: Stimulus supports thousands of Kansas construction jobs

88 more Kansas projects are scheduled to begin construction soon.

The 50 ongoing or completed stimulus-financed highway construction projects in Kansas have supported 5,681 jobs that wouldn’t exist otherwise, a new report shows.

Washington-based American Road & Transportation Builders Association on Monday released data about the Kansas projects, which involved $204.2 million.

The American Recovery Reinvestment Act provided $48 billion for transportation improvements during two years, including $27.5 billion for highway, bridge and related construction projects, the association said in a release.

Kansas received a total $348.2 million, all of which is committed. The money added more than 106 percent to the state’s regular federal highway budget, reaching a record $675.8 million in total 2009 federal highway money, the release said.

Association Vice President Bill Buechner said in the release that 88 more projects are scheduled to begin construction soon.