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Funding for Dbq. St. & Park Rd. Bridge

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) - Federal funds coming back to Iowa City to help fund local flood mitigation projects.

The elevation of Dubuque Street and replacement of Park Road Bridge received $1.5 million in federal funding in the bill, which has been signed by President Obama.

According to Iowa City Community Dev. during the flood of 2008, Dubuque Street, which carries over 25,000 cars per day, was closed for over 30 days. The back-up from Park Road Bridge created an additional ten inches of water upstream. The elevation of Dubuque Street and replacement of Park Road Bridge was rated as a High Recovery Project from the FEMA Emergency Support Long Term Care Recovery Committee.

The total cost of this project is approximately $32 million. In addition to the Transportation funding, residents of Iowa City passed a local option sales tax to help with the cost of the project. Other applications for state and federal funding are still pending. City officials and staff will continue to seek additional funding for this and other flood mitigation projects in an upcoming trip to Washington, D.C. in February.

Online Producer: Maria Magner

 

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