Representatives from several area governing bodies and leadership groups determined Highway 30 improvements to be the most important topic for an upcoming lobbying trip to Washington, D.C. The Intergovernmental Association agreed with Clinton City Administrator Jeff Horne’s suggestion that leaders traveling to the nation’s capitol to meet with federal lawmakers in March should be centered on a single, regional topic.
“It’s become obvious that we need to look at a more regional approach,” Horne said.
The Highway 30 project, a long-gestating movement to expand the roadway through Illinois and Iowa, was chosen because of its potential economic benefit to a large part of eastern Iowa and western Illinois. The expansion would hopefully allow for a well-traveled interstate conduit that would benefit developments like the Lincolnway Railport. Additionally, supporters believe the U.S. 30 expansion would alleviate traffic on I-80, which is over traveled and potentially dangerous.
In the post-earmarks era, Horne said the best way to get ahold of federal money is to prove a project’s worth to a large area. A singular focus on one project could also improve chances for success.
The Intergovernmental Association meets a few times a year to discuss topics relevant to the area. It is a joint meeting of the City Councils of Clinton, Fulton and Camanche, as well as local school boards and the county board of supervisors.