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Road construction pandemic funding on way to cities and counties

Des Moines, IA – The Iowa Transportation Commission has approved a plan to spend nearly $122 million dollars in federal pandemic relief funds approved in December. The D-O-T’s Stuart Anderson says the money is targeted at road repairs and related issues.

The loss in funding came from a drop in traffic on the roadways and taxes paid for fuel. Anderson says they will use the same formula for distributing the regular road-use tax funds to dole out the pandemic relief funds. There are some 945 cities that will get 20 percent of that funding.

The 99 counties will split up about 32 percent of the money for their Farm to Market Fund and Secondary Road Fund.

The state will get the remaining 47-and-a-half percent of the money. Anderson says they are projecting the loss in funding for the state at about 50 million dollars.

The state saw a 40 percent reduction in travel last April at the height of the pandemic — but Anderson says it rebounded so January of this year was only about five percent below last January. He says the changes brought on by the pandemic are expected to continue having an impact on road use tax revenue.

He says the state, counties, and cities are required to use the pandemic relief funds for road construction or maintenance projects.

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