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Cities seek stimulus funding for projects

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Eastern Iowa stands to get a lot of money from the federal economic stimulus package.

Each city, county and school district has its own list of projects hoping to get funding from the stimulus plan.

In Waterloo, some proposals are longshots, while work will happen on others, whether Congress approves the stimulus package or not.

$3 million to widen Martin Luther King, Junior Drive, $300,000 flood levee certification, and $1 million for riverfront renaissance projects are all in Waterloo's proposal to receive economic stimulus money.

Big and small, city leaders say about two dozen projects could be finished within three to four months if stimulus money comes through.

"We have $45 million worth of projects we think we have the easements on, right-of-way, design and engineering are done, they're ready to go or could be very quickly," said Waterloo Mayor Tim Hurley.

But city leaders submitted another $200 million worth of infrastructure projects they say are necessary.

Among others: elevating U.S. 218 from San Marnan Drive to West 9th Street, replacing the long-crumbling Park Avenue bridge, and millions worth of improvements to water and sewer systems.

Hurley says some projects may be quickly rejected but now's the time to try.

"Why not? When the invitation comes to say, hey, we're going to try and stimulate the economy with jobs and such and such, why not? Where else are we going to ask?" said Hurley.

As to what will be approved and what won't, it's up to Congress and President Obama.

The White House outlined the stimulus impact for all of Iowa.

They say it will create or save 39,000 jobs over the next two years -- 90% of which are in the private sector, provide an income tax cut of up to $1000 for working families, increasing unemployment benefits by $100 per month, modernize at least 52 schools, and provide millions of dollars in road improvements.

Click here to see the full list of stimulus project requests from Waterloo.

Online Reporter:  Bob Waters

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