(Washington D.C.) Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) announced today that the Iowa Department of Transportation will receive a $400,000 Highways for LIFE pilot program grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration to replace a bridge on Iowa Highway 92 in Cass County. This program is intended to advance longer-lasting highways using innovative technologies and practices to accomplish the fast construction of efficient and safe highways and bridges. Harkin is a senior member of the Appropriations subcommittee that funds these initiatives.
“Investments in transportation infrastructure are vital to the health and safety of our transportation system and are critical to Iowa’s economic growth,” said Harkin. “The innovative technologies and practices encouraged through the Highways for LIFE pilot program will improve construction time and help ensure that this new bridge will provide drivers along Iowa Highway 92 with a safe crossing for many decades. I am pleased that the Federal Highway Administration has made this possible, and I look forward to seeing the results.”
The bridge will be constructed using prefabricated superstructure and substructure elements and will be the first bridge in Iowa to be installed using the lateral bridge slide method.
June 4, 2013