The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

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June 23, 2012

Loebsack brings grant

CLINTON — Congressman Dave Loebsack on Friday presented Clinton Mayor Mark Vulich with a $2.7 million ceremonial check for a TIGER grant the city received earlier this week.

The $2.7 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant will be used for the final phase of the two-year Camanche Avenue project started this spring that includes creating three westbound lanes of traffic and the addition of a multi-use trail, street trees and decorative lighting.

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“This is really great. This is something that we’ve worked on, making sure that we make Clinton’s views known to the U. S. Secretary of Transportation and to the federal government and making sure they know how important this is to the city of Clinton,” Loebsack said.

More than 700 applicants applied for a total of $10.2 billion in grants while only $500 million was available.

Clinton is responsible for $5.4 million of the $14.7 million dollar project to reconstruct and repair the 30/67 corridor.

Vulich said the grant funds will reduce the amount of bonding the city would need to do and relocate some funds to the 19th Avenue North project.

“This is an astronomical aid to us,” Vulich said. “The economic development from this project is far-reaching...To be noticed by the entire country by receiving a TIGER grant...We need to keep the city of Clinton in front of everybody. We’re the heart of the Midwest right here, on the Mississippi and Highway 30.”

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