Finding out where the federal stimulus money for transportation is being spent locally got a little easier last week. MassDOT, the state’s newly consolidated transportation department, launched a new stimulus-tracking Web site, designed in-house, that features an interactive map displaying where stimulus projects have been approved.

Finding out where the federal stimulus money for transportation is being spent locally got a little easier last week.


MassDOT, the state’s newly consolidated transportation department, launched a new stimulus-tracking Web site, designed in-house, that features an interactive map displaying where stimulus projects have been approved.


The map displays projects by county, congressional district or planning district.


The project information was available on the state’s Web site before, but was lost in pages of detailed project information.


“This is about providing information to people in more accessible ways,” said MassDOT Spokesman Colin Durrant.


Currently missing from the map is spending on Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and regional transit projects. Durrant said MBTA data will be added soon.


The site — which can found at www.massdot.state.ma.us/recovery/counties.aspx — shows four projects for Plymouth County, two of which have had contracts awarded totaling $5.7 million.


Bristol County also has four projects slated, three of which have been awarded contracts totaling $79 million.


Only one of Norfolk County’s four projects is under contract, totaling $5.1 million.


Gov. Deval Patrick has instructed MassDOT, the newly combined transportation department, to put all of the state’s $438 million in highway stimulus money under contract by the end of January, a month before the federal deadline.


At the end of November, $237 million had already been awarded, leaving $200 million — 46 percent of the total — left to award in the next month.


So far, according to MassDOT, the stimulus highway spending has created 3,800 jobs.


According to recovery.gov, the federal Web site tracking stimulus spending, the entire stimulus program has created more than 12,000 jobs in Massachusetts.


U.S. Rep. James Oberstar, D-Minn., chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, criticized the Patrick administration in October for its slow spending of transportation stimulus money.


At that time, the state had awarded only 23 percent of its $437 million, ranking 49th in the nation.


On the Web


www.massdot.state.ma.us/ recovery/counties.aspx


Enterprise writer Erik Potter can be reached at epotter@enterprisenews.com.


Stimulus projects


Bridgewater-Middleboro: Resurfacing on Route 18 and Route 28. Construction started April 23. Total cost is $2.8 million. Nearly $1.5 million has been spent.


Brockton: Reconstruction of Route 27 at Pleasant and West streets and Westgate Mall Drive. Construction started July 30. Total cost is $2.8 million. Total spent is $930,000.


Bridgewater: Reconstruction and widening of North and Birch streets and Village Gate Drive. Contract bids will be opened on Jan. 5.


Avon-Stoughton: Resurfacing and bridge painting on Route 24. Construction started July 31. Total cost is $5.1 million. Total spent is $680,000.


Wareham: Resurfacing of Route 6 and Route 28. Contract bids to be opened Jan. 20.


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