The Raleigh Public Record is teaming up with ProPublica‘s Adopt-a-Stimulus-Project program to track Wake County’s share of the stimulus. Stay tuned to the Raleigh Public Record for continuous coverage on how stimulus money is spent in the area. This page will always be a work in progress, so stay tuned.
Raleigh Public Record readers, We need your help tracking stimulus money!
Below you will find a constantly updating list of projects in Raleigh funded by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, also known as the economic stimulus plan. The information was compiled from the NC Department of Transportation website, the City of Raleigh website, the Federal Government ARRA website and the NC ARRA website, and original reporting by Record freelance reporters and volunteers.
Some information regarding certain projects is missing, due to the time-consuming task of aggregating federal, state, city and departmental information. We want our readers to help us further the factual and anecdotal information we have about each project. We believe that by increasing our collective knowledge of what is being done with stimulus money, we can properly ensure that it is used efficiently.
If you find missing information in a project posting below, contact the public official listed at the top of the appropriate list to help us update our postings.
Forward all your correspondence with the concerned party to Record, so we can verify the updates you provide. If you make phone calls to public officials, ask them to email you the information they provided over the phone, so you can forward it on to us.
For every update (verified by forwarded email or another source) we will will list the name of the person who helped us with the update.
A more on-the-ground approach to tracking stimulus money is to stop by projects “under construction” near you. Things to looks for are blatant labor or environmental violations, such as dangerous work conditions or problems with storm runoff. Relate to us anything you see of interest (good or bad) and we will run your observations along with the project posting. If you take pictures, we will be happy to print them.
We are also attempting to track the history of contractors who receive ARRA contracts. If you have any information which you believe to be of interest about general contractors or their sub-contractors, please email us.
Under each project, we have listed the number of jobs created. We want to know if these jobs are ending after (or even before) projects are completed. If you have any information or if you are or know someone who has lost their employment after a stimulus project has ended, contact us immediately.
In regards to Raleigh city projects, which are listed beneath DOT projects, we would like to hear from anyone who has been the beneficiary of such grants, i.e. the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing project or the home weatherization or modernizing projects. If you are or know such a person please contact one of our editors or reporters.
ARRA money is our money. The projects are our projects. Together we can make sure our money is being spent where and how it should be.
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Department of Transportation Projects
Out of North Carolina’s $6.1 billion share of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, also known as the stimulus plan, $59.8 million is slated for road projects in Wake County.
The contact person for all DOT projects is Jimmy L. Travis who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-212-3270, unless otherwise listed beneath the project.
DOT TIP number: I-5114
Where: 2.5 miles of I-440 from I-40 (Exit 301) to US 64-264 (Exit 14)
What: Replace bonded overlay
Estimated cost: $4.49 million
Actual cost: $3.43 million
General contractor: S.T. Wooten Corp. of Wilson
Subcontractors: Harold A. Puryear Trucking of Raleigh, NC; Delta Contracting Inc. of Burlington, NC; Traffic Markings Inc. of Franklin, Ma.; Stay Alert Safety Services Inc. of Kernersville, NC; Applied Polymerics of Mount Airy, NC; Gorman Brothers of Albany, NY; Murray Enterprises of Burlington, NC
Anticipated completion date: June 30, 2010
Notes: This project had only two bidders: S.T. Wooten, the winning bidder, and REA Contracting of Charlotte. This project involves milling, paving and putting an asphalt overlay on 2.5 miles of the Beltline.
DOT TIP number: I-5115
Where: 5.6 miles of I-440 from Wake Forest Road to Wade Avenue
What: Milling, resurfacing and shoulder reconstruction
Estimated cost: $4.98 million
Actual cost: $3.56 million. Final estimate pending payment to the contractor as of March, 2010.
General contractor: REA Contracting LLC of Charlotte
Anticipated completion date: Contract completion date was October 30, 2009. Actual completion date was November 29, 2009.
Notes:Of the four companies that bid on this project, all submitted bids that were at least 20 percent under budget. The winning bid came in 28.5 percent below the estimated cost.
Update (March 30, 2010): The DOT paid $77,323.81 in fuel adjustments to the contractor. There are currently $27,000 in liquidated damages being withheld.
DOT TIP number: I-5116
Where: 3.8 miles of I-540 from US 70 to I-40
What: Replace bonded overlay
Estimated cost: $3.2 million
Actual cost: $2.2 million
General contractor: C C Mangum Co. LLC of Raleigh
Subcontractors: Harold A. Puryear Trucking Co. of Raleigh, NC; RoadMark Corporation of Durham, NC; Fulcher Electric of Fayetteville, NC; Villager Construction of New York; APMI Inc. of North Carolina; Bristel Landscaping of North Carolina, Royals Contracting of Durham, NC; Stay Alert Safety Services Inc. of Kernersville, NC
Anticipated completion date: May 27, 2010
Notes: This project is along I-540 in both Wake and Durham counties. Five North Carolina companies bid on the project and the winner came in $1 million under budget. All but one of the bidders came in under budget. The project involves milling and resurfacing 3.8 miles from US 70 to the I-40 interchange on I-540.
DOT TIP number: I-5124
Where: I-440 from I-40 to I-40/US 1-64 interchange
What: Install ITS devices
Estimated cost: $400,000
Actual cost: $360,260
General contractor: Traffic Control Devices Inc.
Completion date: March 2, 2010
Notes: The project involved installing technology such as cameras on I-440 on the northern section for the Beltline where it is not connected to I-40.
DOT TIP number: I-5125
Where: I-440 from Glen Eden Drive to US 1.
What: Painting six bridges
Estimated cost: $1.2 million
General contractor: Kilcos Paint Co. of Pocomoke Md
Anticipated completion date:
Notes:This bridge painting project was supposed to be awarded in April, but the DOT rejected the first round of bids. DOT spokesman Steve Abbott said in an email, “The initial low bidder requested to withdraw his bid because he did not feel he could perform the work for the figure quoted in the bid. NCDOT subsequently reviewed his request and decided to reject the bid. The other two bids were more than 10% above the engineer’s estimate and were also rejected. We plan to re-advertise and take bids in late July.”
Update (March 30, 2010): The DOT awarded the contract to Kilcos Paint of Maryland. The contractor advised in the preconstruction conference that they would like to start mobilizing to the project in April. It must start no later than August 20. Regardless of the start date, the contract completion date is 90 consecutive calendar days after the day work begins
DOT TIP number: R-5123/R-5137
Where: 15.5 miles on US 264 and 64. US 264 from US 64 to the Johnson County line and US 64 from the US 64/264 bypass to the Nash County line.
What: Resurfacing, reconstructing guardrails and shoulder
Estimated cost: $7.5 million
Actual cost: $5.8 million
General contractor: S. T. Wooten Corp. of Wilson
Subcontractors: Harold A. Puryear Trucking of Raleigh, NC; Palmetto Civil Group LLC of Charleston, SC; Clark Pavement Markings of Apex, NC; Reynolds Fence and Guardrail of Indian Trial, NC; Parrish Company of Wilson, NC; Surface Prep Inc. of Mechanicsburg, Va.
Anticipated completion date: November 1, 2009
Notes: Three companies bid on this project and it came in 23 percent under budget. The project involves milling and resurfacing 15.5 miles along US 64 and 264 heading east out of Raleigh, as well as re-doing the shoulders and guardrails.
What: Rainwater harvesting and reuse at Raleigh fire stations
Sites with rain gardens and cisterns:
- Station 6, 2601 Fairview Road, Raleigh
- Station 22, 9350 Durant Road, Raleigh
- Station 27, 5916 Buffaloe Road, Raleigh
- Station 28, 3500 Forestville Road, Raleigh
- EMS Station 8
Sites with only cisterns:
- Station 8, 5001 Western Boulevard, Raleigh
- Station 23, 8312 Pinecrest Road, Raleigh
- Station 24, 10440 Fossil Creek Court, Raleigh
- Station 25, 2740 Wakefield Crossing, Raleigh
- Station 26, 329 Barwell Road, Raleigh
- Willow Springs Fire Station
Estimated cost: $465,735
Notes: The project involves installing a system of cisterns to retain rainwater at all twelve sites, as well as five bio-retention areas, commonly known as rain gardens. Funding for the $574,000 project will be covered in part by a $465,000 loan, half to be forgiven and the rest at a 0-percent interest rate, while the city will pay the $109,000 difference
Previous coverage: Fire Stations Going Green with Stimulus Funding
Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing program
Amount Awarded: $991,091
Purpose: Housing Counseling and support. The city approved two local non-profit homeless providers to run the HRPR program: Triangle Family Services provides homeless prevention and rapid rehousing. The Women’s Center of Raleigh provides Homeless Prevention Services only.
Status as of May 30, 2010: less than 50 percent complete.
Project Description: Recovery.gov cites that to date seventy house households received Homeless prevention services including financial assistance. 10,000 brochures explaining the program and giving contact information are being distributed in local venues. Both non-profit agencies have walk-in days for households seeking assistance and closed days where they perform eligibility work.
Reported Jobs: 3.32
Jobs Description: 2 HPRP case managers; retained/partially funded with HPRP funds: Program coordinator, Executive Director, book keeper, case workers, and administration position.
Contact Person: Joe Rappl
Federal Recovery Grant to Housing Authority of Raleigh for Public Housing Modernization.
Amount Awarded: $4,212,497
Purpose: Renovation of senior units, cabinets and water sense fixtures in a family development, erosion control and landscape enhancements in multiple developments.
Status as of May 30, 2010: More than 50 percent completed.
Reported Jobs: 3.30
Jobs Description: Construction manager to help oversee the obligation and expenditures of the grant. Construction workers added by contractors.
Contact Person: Contact Angel Wright-Feldman at the City Manager’s Office: email@example.com, 919-996-4660
2009 Regional JAG grant
Amount Awarded: $1,536,209
Pupose: To provide law enforcement agencies within this region with the required resources to promote and support strategies to reduce crime. Though multiple agencies will be involved, the Raleigh Police Department will be the fiscal agent the grant and will monitor and prepare necessary reports.
Status as of May 30, 2010: Less than 50 percent complete.
Progress: In Cary, several overtime projects were conducted that included targeted motor vehicle break-ins at area hotels and increased presence at the mall to deter crime. Funds were also used to target internet crimes against children resulting in two search warrants on a suspect in the past quarter. In Fuquay-Varina new radios were purchased and police presence in areas experiencing criminal activity. In Raleigh, no funds were expended during the latest quarter.
Reported Jobs: 1.68
Jobs description: Garner hired one police officers and Fuquay-Varina Cary conducted overtime projects.
Contact Person: Belinda Barrow
NC Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant
Amount Awarded: $3,820,400
Purpose: To reduce fossil fuel emissions; reduce total energy use of the eligible entities; and improve energy efficiency in the building sector, the transportation sectors, along with creating jobs.
Status as of May 30, 2010: less than 50 percent complete
Progress: 12 projects are being financed by this grant. They are in various stages of development. One project has selected a contractor and and is in progress.
Jobs Reported: 0.16
Jobs description: An administrative support position has been created as the result of expenditures.
Contact Persons: James Mercer 919-996-3070 or Paula Stropp
1) Weatherization Loan Program $400,000- provides residential home weatherization loans for energy efficiency/renewable energy improvements for applicants with income levels greater than 200% of the poverty level. A non-profit organization will be chosen by the city to establish and administer the program.
2) Residential & Commercial Energy Efficiency Loan program $364,080- provides residential and commercial financing for energy improvements for applicants with incomes greater than 200% of the poverty level. A non-profit organization will be chosen by the city to establish and administer the program.
3) Climate Action Plan $250,000- A city-wide plan that will include green house gas reduction action plan, fleet transformation and alternate fueling strategy, renewable energy strategy in buildings plan. The city will select a team of legal, financial, technical, construction and energy management consultants to assist in the planning.
4) Government buildings energy efficiency performance contracts $500,000- Conducting energy audits to apply towards energy savings contracts for the Avery C. Upchurch Municipal building and the Dillon Building.
5) Energy management software & Climate control systems $500,000- To purchase front end direct digital control system for various facilities throughout the city of Raleigh. This should allow for controlling, trending, measuring, monitoring, and verification of energy usage.
6) Solid Waste Services Pilot for Enhanced Recycling $165,000- To purchase approximately 4,000 sixty-five gallon residential recycling carts to evaluate opportunities for increased recyclables collection and associated energy and GHG emissions savings.
7) Vehicle Conversion to Electric battery Powered $77,000- To convert 7 existing hybrid vehicles to electric/battery operation.
8) Electric Vehicle Charging Station $30,000- 2 electric vehicle charging stations to be installed on city sites. This is part of the Project Get Ready program and Clean Cities grant for preparing Raleigh for transportation electrification and associated infrastructure.
9) Solar Thermal Water Heating $150,000- For the installation of 22 solar collectors at nine different fire stations. It is estimated that over 20 metric tons of CO2 will be reduced annually.
10) Government Buildings Lighting Efficiency Improvemnts $500,000- To retrofit existing T-12 and metal halide interior lighting with energy efficient T-8 and/or RS 24 LED lighting in 1 Exchange Plaza building and all fire stations. Energy savings are estimated to be 40%.
11) Staff for implementation & Project Management $431,800- 2 Americorps Vista volunteers provide support on energy efficiency related work. This funding will provide for the hiring of 2 additional staff positions for project management once the Vista service contracts expire in September 2010.
12) Green Builders Certification and Community Education Program $452,520- A community education and training program to include training for Green builders, tradesman, inspectors and code enforcement staff.
NC JAG Recovery Program
Amount Awarded: $74,100
Purpose: To create new employment opportunities, retain vital public services initiatives, create long term foundation by
Contact person: Belinda Barrow
Wilders Grove Solid Waste Service Center Grant
Amount Awarded: $1,298,625
Purpose: To create an energy efficient facility by installing a geothermal heat pump and a comfortable work environment for city staff.
Status as of May 30, 2010: not started
Reported Jobs: 0
Contact Person: Fred Battle
ARRA Operations & Maintenance Facility Grant
Amount Awarded: $11,623,717
Purpose: To create a new Capital Area Transit operations and maintenance facility. The new facility will be located at 4104 Poole Rd. and will support over 33% more buseds than the old facility.
Job Description: Grading, site work, retaining walls, utilities and foundations.
Status as of May 30, 2010: Less than 50 percent complete
Reported Jobs: 40
Jobs description: Engineer, superintendent, equipment operators, laborers, truck drivers, pipe layers, utility workers, surveyors, foremen, drill rig operator, and supervisor.
Contact person: David Eatman, firstname.lastname@example.org 919-996-4040