The new bridge in Denver while still under construction.
To date more than 8,200 of the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Recovery-funded projects have been completed. While many involve roads and bridges, either repaired or newly constructed for car, truck, and pedestrian traffic, some projects have been aimed at improving infrastructure for another popular form of travel – flying.
Here are three completed projects, one for land, two for air:
Denver – I-70/Central Park Boulevard Interchange
Using $12 million in DOT Recovery funds, Denver built a new bridge and interchange to provide direct access from the city’s growing Stapleton area on the east side to commuter arteries I-70 and I-270. The Central Park Boulevard and bridge project, 14 months in the making, opened last November and has not only added new lanes with the interchange but also 12-foot pedestrian walkways on both sides. Stapleton officials say the project has provided new access to a wide range of commercial land opportunities.
Atlanta – Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport Parking Apron
The world’s busiest airport added a new 12-gate terminal in 2009. DOT provided $14 million in Recovery funds to build a needed additional parking area for large aircraft, which airlines are increasingly using for long hauls, particularly international routes. Construction began in September 2009 and was completed in May 2011.
Boston – Logan International Airport Runway Rehabilitation
Runways and taxiways at Logan International had deteriorated to the point of showing cracking, rutting, and other signs of fatigue. The city used $12.5 million of DOT Recovery funding to replace the worn pavement, providing a smooth ground-ride for airplanes and better drainage systems to channel water runoff. The replacement pavement is a mix of new types of asphalt and recycled asphalt “for environmental and sustainability advantages,” DOT said.
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