Taylorsville » Utah, unlike many states, is in the fast lane when it comes to steering stimulus cash to highway projects.
The Utah Department of Transportation reported Thursday that it had obligated 60 percent of the state's $215.5 million highway stimulus allocation to specific road projects for completion this year -- and the numbers grew through the day.
Most projects are not yet under contract, although the department is moving to bid them.
The 60 percent figure ranks Utah sixth among states in moving the money quickly. A few have not allocated any of their road funds. Those that do not put the money toward projects within a year will have to give it back for redistribution.
"I see some states are at zero, and I see us at well over 60 percent," Utah Transportation Commission Chairman Stuart Adams said. "That is an unbelievable effort by the department."
Three of UDOT's stimulus projects already are under way, spokesman Adan Carrillo said. They are: pavement repair and maintenance projects in the southeast corner of the Interstate 215 loop ($770,00); several segments of U.S. Highway 89 in Weber County ($1 million); and 13 miles of U.S. Highway 191 in San Juan County ($882,000).