June 19, 2012
Harkin Announces $10 Million to Build Extension of Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that the U. S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has granted $10 million to help build a 2.1 mile extension of Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway in Des Moines, extending the road east from East 14th to East 30th St. The funding comes from The Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) 2012 Discretionary Grants Program. The TIGER grant program is designed to fund projects that have a significant impact on the nation, a region or a metropolitan area in order to supplement and improve the process of economic recovery. The city, Iowa DOT, and Des Moines Area Transportation Planning Organization are also contributing considerable funds towards this project. Harkin, a member of the Appropriations subcommittee that funds the DOT, has worked since 1989 to fund transportation projects on the MLK Parkway.
“This funding allows this roadway to expand, improving Des Moines’ ability to attract and retain business in an industrial area of the city, while also creating jobs,” said Harkin. “MLK has opened up the area south of downtown. This funding is another important step in that process.”