The two incumbent Iowa congressmen who are facing off against one another this fall both sent out news releases this afternoon touting $3.3 million in federal funding for improvements at the junction of three highways on the east side of the Des Moines metro. Read the emailed news releases from Congressman Leonard Boswell (D-Des Moines, IA) and Congressman Tom Latham (R-Clive, IA) below, in the order they were received:
Boswell Announces $3.3 Million for I-80/US 65/US 6 Interchange
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Leonard Boswell (IA-3) today announced the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded $3,341,000 to the State of Iowa for improvements to the I-80/US 65/US 6 Interchange in Polk County.
“Keeping our transportation infrastructure up-to-date is important to growing our local and national economies by moving our people and products,” Boswell said. “This funding is essential to improving business opportunity and the quality of life for Iowans.”
This grant, awarded through the Interstate Maintenance Discretionary program is for resurfacing, restoring, rehabilitating and reconstructing of routes or portions of the Interstate System.
Latham announces grant for Polk County road project
Iowa Congressman Tom Latham announced on Monday that an important Polk County road project will receive an approximately $3.3 million federal grant.
The grant will contribute to the proposed reconfiguration of the Interstate 80/U.S. 65 (Hubbell Avenue) interchange in Altoona. The grant totals $3,341,000.
“As the chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees funding for transportation, I’m pleased to see this worthy Polk County project awarded these funds,” Congressman Latham said. “Transportation infrastructure plays a critically important role in commerce, and I have no doubt that the completion of this project will benefit the local community and the entire state by encouraging job growth and making transportation more efficient and more convenient.”
Traffic at the interchange, near Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino, has steadily increased in recent years, so the current interchange configuration is no longer adequate. The project would update and resurface the interchange and could take about two years to complete.
The grant comes from the federal transportation Interstate Maintenance Discretionary program, which funds projects for the resurfacing, restoring, rehabilitating, and reconstructing of routes on the U.S. interstate system.