and senators from Iowa have received roughly 50 pleas from chambers
of commerce and local government leaders asking for federal money
for road projects, The Des Moines Register reported Jan.
The state received
more than $350 million in federal aid for road projects last year.
The current crop of money requests includes cash for interstate
highways – including more pavement and interchanges around Des Moines
and a four-lane highway between Fort Dodge and Sioux City – and
funding for new bridges over the Mississippi River on the state’s
east side and over the Missouri River on the west.
Commission has had to adjust state spending on roads, and the state
has dropped funding for a number of highway projects because of
its ongoing budget crisis.