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Iowa transportation projects getting federal grants


U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced more than $6 million in grants for Iowa to fund several highway-related projects.

"Transportation investments like these will create jobs and improve the quality of life for Iowa residents as well as strengthen the state's economy," Secretary LaHood said in a written statement. "The demand from the states for these funds shows just how critical the need is for infrastructure investment."

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) invited states to apply in June for federal funding from 14 grant programs.  FHWA received requests from every state, Puerto Rico, and Washington D.C., for a total of 1,800 applications amounting to nearly $13 billion, which is more than 30 times the funds available.

Iowa received funding for the following projects:



Replacing and grading the roadway on I-35 from Warrant County line to I-80/I-235


Building a bike/hiking trail and other enhancements at Great River Road: Bee Branch Creek Mississippi River Trail


Reconstructing the Loras College Parkway roadway and pedestrian plaza


Acquiring property for the Great River Road in Leopold


Replacing Slattery Bridge on Victor Avenue in Buchanan County using Geothynsetic Reinforced Soil


Making enhancements to Great River Road Rest Area, including adding trails and a footbridge





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