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Iowa City flood mitigation projects receive federal funding

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) - The recent passage of the Transportation/HUD Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2010 (H3288) has resulted in 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.

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.

"The City of Iowa City would like to thank Representative Loebsack, Senator Harkin, and Senator Grassley for their strong support" said Mayor Matt Hayek. "Many cities across the country are vying for these funds and the process is very competitive. We look forward to working with our congressional delegation in trying to secure additional funds for this vital flood recovery project."

Online Reporter - Brady Smith

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