CLINTON — American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant recipient representatives, including those for the Lincolnway Railport, met Thursday with the Iowa Department of Transportation to discuss project requirements.

Steve Ames, president and CEO of Clinton Regional Development Corp., told the Clinton Herald on Friday that the DOT meeting was positive, despite the railport being $1 million short in its required $10.8 million prior to the meeting.

The $10.8 million is part of an estimated $16.4 million in railport project costs. It will cover what the CRDC is calling “Segment A,” the construction of 9,000 feet of passing track. From there, “Segment B” will run into the rail park.

According to Tammy Nicholson of the Office of Rail Transportation at the DOT, Segment A is a required stand-alone project. Nicholson stated that all grant recipients are required to have a stand-alone project, which is less than the full project, but can function on its own.

After the Segment A stand-alone project is completed, the DOT will reimburse the railport’s costs with the $2 million grant, Nicholson indicated.

According to Nicholson, because the Recovery Act is federally funded, it carries specific requirements that all grant recipients must meet. The DOT outlined those requirements for project representatives at Thursday’s meeting. Now, according to Ames, the CRDC is continuing to work on the railport project and line up resources.

“We anticipate working with the DOT to build a world-class rail facility,” stated Ames.

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