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 Saturday, Aug. 30, the 242nd day of 2014. There are 123 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass. 1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links. 1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned. 1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today. 1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.