A number of Eastern Iowa road construction projects have been moved up to the next fiscal year by the Iowa Transportation Commission.
The commission on Tuesday approved amending the state's five-year transportation improvement program to move the following projects to the 2014 calendar year from later years:
- Lighting improvements along Interstate 380 at various locations in Cedar Rapids ($800,000)
- Pavement rehabilitation on Interstate 80 from Clear Creek to Highway 965 in Johnson County ($1.2 million)
- Widening of U.S. Highway 1 from the Linn/Johnson county line to Highway 30 ($1.9 million)
- Widening of U.S. Highway 1 from the Union Pacific railroad crossing in Mount Vernon in Linn County to U.S. Highway 151 in Jones County ($1.98 million)
- Pavement rehabilitation on U.S. Highway 30 from Clarence to Calamus ($6.3 million)
- Pavement rehabilitation on U.S. Highway 1 north of U.S. Highway 30 to the Union Pacific railroad crossing in Mount Vernon ($390,000)
- Pavement rehabilitation on U.S. Highway 30 from Stoney Point Road to Edgewood Road in Cedar Rapids ($9 million)
The construction projects are expected to begin in 2014. The projects were chosen because they can be designed and made ready for construction next year.
The DOT said the additional funding is available due to project costs coming in below estimates, agency budget savings, and federal funding receipts that exceeded forecast amounts.
The Iowa Transportation Commission on Tuesday also approved an Eastern Iowa railroad construction project under the state's Railroad Revolving Loan and Grant program.The Cedar Rapids & Iowa City Railway will receive a $725,000 loan for the replacement of the Amana Millrace and Price Creek Bridge. The replacement of the bridge will mitigate flooding to keep rail connections to customers intact during high water events.