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Culver says invest in construction to boost economy

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Gov. Chet Culver urged Congress and the president to take action on a federal stimulus package targeted to the nation's infrastructure needs.

The remarks were part of a speech at the opening of the last section of road in the Des Moines to Burlington corridor. Culver says putting more money into infrastructure projects, like road construction, will create new jobs.

According to Culver, there are 20 projects scheduled to start in Iowa next spring that will mean more than 6,000 jobs.

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials reports that for every $100,000 spent in highway construction, more than 4,400 jobs are created or supported.

Culver says investing in infrastructure projects would improve not only transportation, but also the economy.

Online Producer: Jenn Jarvis

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