Blame traffic delays on federal stimulus


If you're stuck in traffic counting more orange traffic cones this summer, blame the federal stimulus.

Nationwide there are 2,000 stimulus-funded construction projects underway, with another 5,600 approved for bidding, according to a Christian Science Monitor story that quotes the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.

While more roads are being closed this summer for construction, the good news is that by the winter those potholes and other problems will be gone.

"We're seeing an intersection of the peak summer driving season -- July and August -- combined with an influx of stimulus-related funding for construction," said Troy Green, a national spokesman for AAA in Washington, in the Monitor story. "It means this summer will probably be busier than normal for road construction."

Here's a video on where some of the federal stimulus money is going to improve roads: