Definition of shovel-ready in US English:

shovel-ready

adjective

informal
  • (of a building project) at the stage where workers can be employed and construction can begin.

    ‘one of the goals of this bill is to get funding into infrastructure projects that are shovel-ready’
    • ‘The Obama administration has said the point of the stimulus is to inject money into the economy right away so the White House has been in search of those shovel-ready projects.’
    • ‘Long before Obama's stimulus, this city was already America's largest shovel-ready project.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, today's New York Times reports that France's stimulus focused on "shovel-ready" projects, many of which are well underway already.’
    • ‘The state "has an incredible number of shovel-ready projects that can use these stimulus project funds," said Duggan.’
    • ‘Karydakis is warning Americans not to expect immediate results from spending on infrastructure and says those shovel-ready projects are limited.’
    • ‘Of that, $187.4 million was designated for shovel-ready projects that all went out to bid last month.’
    • ‘Small business related to the construction industry will be able to bid and get contracts for projects that are "shovel-ready."’
    • ‘But a spokesperson for the department tells us they don't officially use the term shovel-ready.’
    • ‘Highway maintenance work provides the 'shovel-ready' projects the Government is looking for to stimulate the economy with almost immediate effect.’
    • ‘Many of the tasks that lie ahead are easily identified, and some are "shovel-ready," awaiting only an infusion of federal energy and money.’
    • ‘We have about $7.5 billion in shovel-ready projects where the environmental work has been done, where the engineering has been done, the architectural has been done.’
    • ‘The good news for hospitals limping along in the recession is the new federal stimulus package could feature money for shovel-ready projects.’
    • ‘If you talk about shovel-ready infrastructure, that kind of spending from the recovery plan is getting out into the system as we speak.’
    • ‘There are only three ways the government can obtain funds to throw at all their shovel-ready projects and all three leave in their wake negative economic consequences.’
    • ‘For instance, a regional plan to ease Westchester traffic, particularly near communities along the Hudson River, is nowhere near being shovel-ready in time to receive federal dollars, he said.’
    • ‘These are long-term investments and they are shovel-ready.’
    • ‘But as we found at this bridge in rural Pennsylvania, shovel-ready doesn't necessarily mean ready for shovels.’
    • ‘We've got shovel-ready projects all across the country.’
    • ‘After all that talk of shovel-ready projects, the Congressional Budget Office says only about three percent of the $787 billion recovery plan has actually been spent so far.’