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, July 27, the 208th day of 2014. There are 157 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The Rock Island Paper Mill is now operating. It is an establishment which our people ought to encourage by saving all rags for the mill, where you can get cash and the highest prices for them. 1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market Square. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Henry Kramer was elected president of the Tri-City Typothetae Franklin Club, which took the place of the Tri-City Ben Franklin Club. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Mrs. Floyd Furh, Illinois City, was first-place winner in the second annual Gov. Horner Farm floral contest. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Nearly 4,000 people are expected to attend weekend sessions of the Jehovah's Witnesses Assembly being held at the Masonic Temple. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The B-29 Super-Fortress bomber is impressive looking, and it did the job during World War II. Its claim to fame is dropping the atomic bombs in Japan to end the war. Only one B-29 is operational in the world today. It is on display at the Quad City Airport in Moline until Friday.