Miles of New Sidewalks, and Empty Stores
But now that the project is almost over, the jobs will disappear. No long term economic activity was stimulated.
Warren, Rhode Island, also has plenty of empty storefronts. The sidewalks will not change that, and neither will the Stimulus Plan.
Update: A RI Dept. of Transportation stimulus proposal (at p. 6) from 2009 lists the total projected cost of the sidewalks as $600,000 for the in town portion (0.2 miles), and $2.5 million for the 2.2 miles to the Massachusetts border.
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According to the Contracts Awarded document (link below), the project was awarded to Narragansett Impr. for $551,767.58. So it's a little less than the projected cost of $600,000.
Unfortunately they're just not a quick fix for everything. It's disappointing to hear that this is happening all over the nation, not just in Warren.
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