In an effort to get more funding for infrastructure projects as part of new economic stimulus packages, construction workers in Long Island, New York staged a protest yesterday, creating a convoy of 80 construction vehicles taking over the westbound lanes of the Long Island Expressway.
The convoy consisted of heavy equipment including payloaders, dump trucks and cranes and was organized by the Long Island Contractor's Association (LICA).
The parade of equipment finally stopped at the Senator Chuck Schumer who will play a part in any stimulus plan during President-elect Barack Obama's administration.
At a press conference for the event, Congressman Tim Bishop said the call for extra funding in the stimulus package is about job creation. According to Bishop, every $1 billion spent on infrastructure in the state would create 35,000 jobs.
"We want to tell Long Island and the rest of the nation that we are ready to get to work," Marc Herbst, executive director of the LICA told Newsday.
It is expected that the Obama administration will funnel billions of dollars into infrastructure projects throughout the country after he takes office. During a governor's conference last month, the President-elect told the state officials to be "shovel-ready" for the work.