Originally Posted Online: April 24, 2013, 7:03 pm
Last Updated: April 24, 2013, 10:55 pm
Iowa's new 5-year plan may include $46 million for I-74 bridge
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By Eric Timmons, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.