Feds Say No To Plans For Overpass Allocation

Posted on 20 November 2012 by KWBG

BOONE, Iowa—The Boone City Council found out this week that their plans to use nearly $1-million in federal funds, allocated for the city’s planned overpass project, will not be allowed by the Federal Highway Administration.  City Administrator Luke Nelson told the Council’s Economic Development Committee Monday that legislation permitting the allocation specifies the money to be used for the construction of a bridge for an overpass, between Corporal Snedden Drive and the Industrial Park Road.  For the past couple of years, the Council had repeatedly been told that the improvement of the Industrial Park Road would be considered part of the project.  In fact, e-mails from the Iowa DOT are available that repeat that claim.  Boone Mayor John Slight, on the KWBG Tuned In Program Tuesday, said he is concerned, because the Council has asked staff to try and identify funds that might be used to move ahead with the paving project.  Slight says earlier the Council had a position that they could participate in the project if federal funds could be used.  Now it appears the Council may consider participating if other funds are available, even if the project is outside the city limits.

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