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Iowa making progress fixing deficient bridges, DOT says in budget request

from The Gazette

Mark Lowe, director of Iowa's Department of Transportation, said his agency has dedicated highway funding to reducing the number of problem bridges from 256 in 2006 to 51 last year, and he expects the total to be down to 46 by the end of this year. Iowa has ranked among the worst U.S. states for having a high number of structurally deficient bridges, but Lowe said DOT repair crews have worked to reduce that number to about 1.5 percent of the roughly 24,000 bridges in the state. Lowe said the state is investing about $3.4 billion in the DOT’s highway program this year, with $1.8 billion dedicated to modernization and enhanced safety features. He said about 55 percent of this year’s highway program projects are in rural areas. more

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