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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Your Stimulus Dollars Hard At Work

For those of you who live and travel the I-85 in Gaston County, a smoother ride is coming your way. Well, for 1.7 miles at least. The I-85 interstate from mile marker 22 through 24 was selected to receive $805,000 of federal stimulus money to resurface the battered road.

$805,000 for 1.7 miles? My Google toolbar performed the math for me; there are 2992 yards in 1.7 miles. We are paying just over $269.00 for every yard of asphalt. Yes, jobs are being created by this, but someone's pocket is getting padded somewhere. Reminds me of the cost to install a traffic light in Mecklenburg County- approximately $220,000.

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