Iowa's Department of Transportation will ask for $46 million in funding for construction of an Interstate 74 bridge in a new five-year spending plan.
The funding would represent a step forward for the complicated project to replace the aging bridge over the Mississippi River between Moline and Bettendorf.
The state's transportation committee will be asked to approve the funding in June, according to Jon Ranney, director of the Iowa DOT's Office of Program Management.
If approved, the funding would be spent in 2018 and would be used for construction of the center portion of the new bridge, he said.
Another $130 million in funding for the project is likely to be recommended for 2019 in a subsequent five-year transportation plan, Mr. Ranney said.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn included $175 million for the I-74 bridge project in the 2014-2019 highway construction plan released last week.
Local officials have been pushing for funding to replace the span for years.The total cost of the project is expected to more than $1 billion and could take five years to complete.
Illinois and Iowa will share costs on the project and local officials are also hopeful the federal government will contribute.
U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-East Moline, has committed to using her seat on the Highways and Transit Subcommittee of the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure to advocate for funding for the bridge.
Today is Sunday, March 9, the 68th day of 2014. There are 297 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Much damage is being done to sidewalks, shade trees, fences and gardens by hogs that are running at large about town. 1889 -- 125 years ago: H.C. Cleveland was elected air knight captain of Rock Island Division Uniform Rank Knights of Pythias. 1914 -- 100 years ago: B.W. Wilson, authority on birds and their habits, spoke at the weekly luncheon at the Rock Island Club. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The famous Dionne quintuplets have been invited to visit King George and Queen Elizabeth in Toronto on May 22, but Papa Dionne thinks their majesties should include the Callander nursery in their tour. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Ever been smothered by funny stuff? Well more than 2,600 people were last night when two boys named Tom and Dick Smothers took a "rocky, twisting road to folk music" in Davenport Masonic Temple. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Moline residents soon may be asked to recycle part of their garbage and might even get paid for it.