Home Local News SIOUX CITY SEEKS MORE FUNDS FOR RAIL VIADUCT PROJECT

SIOUX CITY SEEKS MORE FUNDS FOR RAIL VIADUCT PROJECT

5483
0
SHARE

SIOUX CITY WILL TRY AGAIN TO OBTAIN FUNDING TO BUILD A $19.3-MILLION DOLLAR VIADUCT OVER THE RAILROAD TRACKS ON 18TH STREET.

CITY PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR DAVE CARNEY ASKED THE CITY COUNCIL MONDAY TO APPROVE AN APPLICATION FOR A MILLION DOLLAR CLEAN AIR GRANT FROM THE IOWA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION.

MAYOR BOB SCOTT SAYS THAT WON’T COME CLOSE TO PROVIDING THE NEEDED FUNDING FOR THE PROJECT :


OC……..13 MILLION SHORT. :12

THE MILLION DOLLAR CLEAN AIR GRANT IS BASED ON REDUCING THE IDLE TIME EMISSIONS OF VEHICLES STOPPED BY TRAINS ON 18TH AND 11TH STREETS BETWEEN FLOYD AND STEUBEN STREETS.

CARNEY SAYS HE ALSO INTENDS TO APPLY AFTER THE NOVEMBER ELECTION FOR ANOTHER FEDERAL TRANSPORTATION GRANT THAT WOULD PROVIDE SEVERAL MILLION MORE IN FUNDING.

A PREVIOUS APPLICATION FOR THAT GRANT WAS REJECTED THIS PAST YEAR.

IF APPROVED, THAT GRANT WOULD FORCE 11TH STREET TO BE CLOSED AT THE CARGILL PLANT BETWEEN FLOYD AND STEUBEN.

RICK COURY, WHO RUNS ALIGNMENT SPECIALISTS ON THAT STREET, SAYS THE CLOSURE WOULD HURT HIS BUSINESS AND DISPUTES THE CLEAN AIR ADVANTAGE CLAIMED BY CARNEY:


OC……..11TH STREET CLOSED. ;18

THE COUNCIL APPROVED THE GRANT APPLICATION AS PART OF THEIR CONSENT AGENDA.