Temporary Positive, Negative Impacts with I-540 Work

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The $78.8 million Interstate 540 improvement project may have eight miles of the road reduced to one lane in each direction, but the project may prove temporarily beneficial to the local economy during the 18 months of construction.

That temporary benefit could include $3.7 million in increased area business sales.

According to Selm Stockstill, district communications manager with the project’s general contractor Kiewit Infrastructure South, much of the materials to be used in the project will be purchased locally.

Stockstill said 50% of materials, such as ready-mix, steel bridge girders and dirt, will be “sourced” locally.

She also said the company would hire up to 100 individuals to actually construct, or “craft,” the road.

“Of that craft, we are expecting to hire at least 60% locally,” she said.

She said the company also expected to have nearly 30 individuals in “staffed” positions, such as salaried foremen, management and superintendents. Click here to read the full story from our partners at TheCityWire.com.