Iowa begs feds for highway cash

| 1/28/2003

U.S. representatives 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. 26.

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.

Iowa’s Transportation 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.