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Harkin Delivers More Than $15 Million for Transportation Improvements, Housing Initiatives and Economic Development Projects Across Iowa

July 21, 2010

Harkin Delivers More Than $15 Million for Transportation Improvements, Housing Initiatives and Economic Development Projects Across Iowa

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), a senior member of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced that he successfully worked to acquire $15 million for important transportation improvements, housing initiatives and economic development projects across Iowa.  The funding is included in the Fiscal Year 2011 bill, which was approved by the Transportation-HUD Appropriations Subcommittee today and now goes to the full Senate for consideration.

“Investing in transportation, housing and economic development projects will provide a needed boost to Iowa’s economy and will improve the quality of life for people across Iowa,” Harkin said.  “These are investments in the future of our state.”

A list of Iowa initiatives that are receiving funding is listed below.

STATEWIDE

Main Street Iowa Challenge Grants, IDED – $1,000,000 to provide grants to incentivize restoration and rehabilitation of buildings, re-introduce upper floor housing and add economic value in Iowa’s historic Main Street districts.  The specific allocation of support will be determined by the Iowa Department of Economic Development.

Statewide Bus and Bus Facilities Fund, IDOT – $2,500,000 to support the replacement of vehicles and to upgrade transit support facilities throughout Iowa.

COUNCIL BLUFFS

West Broadway Corridor, City of Council Bluffs – $400,000 to demolish grain facilities located near 1st Avenue in Council Bluffs, opening the area for improvements including housing in the West Broadway Corridor.

DAVENPORT/SCOTT COUNTY

Brady/Harrison Sustainability Corridor, City of Davenport – $600,000 to implement the corridor project, including neighborhood street redevelopment, traffic safety improvements, intersection signal improvements, pedestrian walkway enhancements and other planned improvements along the roadways.

Scott County Housing Council Revolving Loan Fund and Grant Pool, Scott County Housing Authority – $300,000 to fund not-for-profit housing service providers and developers to make applications in support of their affordable housing applications.

I-74 Corridor Project, Bettendorf, IA – $3,000,000 to implement preconstruction and construction activities including right-of-way acquisition concerning replacement of the I-74 bridge and associated roadway work in Davenport Iowa.

DES MOINES/POLK & DALLAS COUNTIES

Southeast Connector, City of Des Moines – $2,000,000 to further extend MLK on the east side of Des Moines, which will provide for enhanced economic development of the area.

Grand Technology Gateway-Phase 1, City of West Des Moines – $500,000 to extend Grand Avenue and a connecting North – South route to continue development of a corridor targeting technology enterprises and education related fields located south of Interstate 80 along the proposed 105th Street corridor connecting to the existing Mills Civic Parkway.

Alice’s Road Extension – University Ave to Ashworth Road, City of Waukee – $900,000 to extend Alice’s Road in Waukee to 105th Street in West Des Moines, alleviating traffic issues from adjacent roadways and opening approximately 1,300 acres for immediate development and job creation.

DUBUQUE

Dubuque Intermodal Facility, City of Dubuque – $400,000 to construct an intermodal facility in the Port of Dubuque to accommodate public transit, private buses and public parking.  It will also provide a platform/station for passenger rail service between Dubuque and Chicago.

GUTHRIE COUNTY

Khrushchev in Iowa Trail, Guthrie County Board of Supervisors – $400,000 to implement the right-of-way acquisition and initial bridge work for the 17-mile “Khrushchev in Iowa” Trail, which will develop a key Iowa segment of the American Discovery Trail from Herndon to Coon Rapids.

LINN COUNTY

Highway 965 Project, City of North Liberty – $500,000 to reconstruct and upgrade the congested and deteriorating Highway 965 in North Liberty, which has become a major commuter route between the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids areas.

MARSHALLTOWN

Grant Park Neighborhood Redevelopment, City of Marshalltown – $700,000 to allow for the redevelopment of an existing downtown neighborhood.  Funds will be used to demolish old buildings and to create new housing opportunities.

PELLA

Feasibility Study, Pella IA - Correcting language was placed in the measure to allow for funds provided in the last highway reauthorization to be spent for a study on the issue of creating a direct link from Pella to I-80.

WATERLOO AREA

NE IA Food Bank Capital Construction Project, Waterloo, IA – $300,000 towards the capital construction of a new 45,359-square-foot facility to serve as a food warehouse and distribution center for northeast Iowa in Waterloo.

Cedar Valley TechWorks, Waterloo, IA – $300,000 to provide physical improvements to the tech works related to lab and incubator space for bio- related businesses.

Iowa Hwy 14-57 Complete Streets Corridor Improvements, Parkersburg, IA – $750,000 to complete the project with curb and gutter, storm water improvements, landscaping, lighting, pedestrian, and/ or trail improvements, intersection improvements and an asphalt overlay.