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Some Eastern Iowa roads could get needed help

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AMES (KWWL) -- Some much needed help could be coming to some Eastern Iowa roads, including U.S. 63 in Waterloo, thanks to the authorization of some additional funding for statewide maintenance projects.

The Iowa Department of Transportation announced on Tuesday that $12 million dollars was approved for the Fiscal Year 2010 statewide contract maintenance activities.

The move was taken to direct additional money to the maintenance of our deteriorating roadways.

Iowa DOT Director Nancy Richardson said, "The damage to Iowa's aging infrastructure by the harsh winter weather conditions is painfully obvious to motorists. There is no doubt this is one of the worst years in recent history for potholes, heaving, cracking, pavement spalling and other stress defects. It is also a systemic statewide problem that absolutely must be addressed quickly to prevent further damage, extend the service life of the pavement and provide a safe means of travel."

The money was made available because of some favorable bids on recent contracts.

Below are some of the Eastern Iowa roads that could get help thanks to the money:

Benton County:
- Interstate 380 at the Urbana interchange

Black Hawk County:
- U.S. 63 in Waterloo
- Highway 57 in Cedar Falls
- IA 934 in Cedar Falls

Dubuque County:
- U.S. 20 from Kasota to Dubuque
- Highway 151 from mile marker 87 to U.S. 61

Jones County:
- Highway 151 from Anamosa to Monticello

Linn County:
- Interstate 380 from mile marker 18 to mile marker 25
- IA 13 from Highway 151 to Central City

Final approval of which projects will be funded have to be made by the Iowa Transportation Commission.

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