Contractor says benefit for local firms remains unclear

Just how the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will play out for Grand Valley contractors is far from clear, said one contractor hoping to get some work from the package’s provisions aimed at shoring up the nation’s roads, bridges and other public works.

“We’re hearing kind of mixed stories” about the $787 billion package, said Dan Roberts, vice president of finance and administration for Grand Junction-based Mays Concrete Inc.
Much of the work expected to come from public-works projects is likely headed to the Front Range, Roberts said.

Even worse, the work that will take place might not even happen this year, he said.

“We would hope they would trickle down faster because some projects are ready to go,” he said.

On the other hand, if projects east of the Continental Divide move forward quickly “hopefully that will keep the Front Range contractors from coming over here,” he said. “But that remains to be seen.”

The stimulus aside, Mays is plugging along and expecting to have a good 2009, he said.


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