Stimulus package welcome news for road builders

By Jeff Lawson - bio | email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - About $150 billion of the stimulus package approved by Congress will go to infrastructure improvements. That includes things like roads and bridges and public transit. Of course, some of that money, will come to the state of Mississippi.

That's welcome news to those in the business of building or repairing America's infrastructure.

The executive vice president of Warren Paving in Gulfport told us things have been good for his business since Hurricane Katrina. Steven Warren said there still is much work to be done.

"When we started in Gulfport back in 1998, we had 15 employees. Now it is up to 75," Warren said.

Warren just got back from a national convention out west, and says the same can not be said for much of the nation.

"It is probably as bad as I have ever seen it," Warren said. "Just listening to people having to lay off employees. They are really just suffering."

He calls the congressional approval of the economic stimulus package, a very good decision.

Studies have shown, on a per dollar basis, the highway industry puts more people to work than any other industry in the nation. Mississippi should get about $350 million of that $150 billion for infrastructure improvements. It's still too soon to know where the money will be spent, and how much will be targeted for projects in South Mississippi.