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Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, Dubuque mayors urging Congress to pass an infrastructure bill

Published: Jul. 16, 2021 at 3:08 PM CDT
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - Some eastern Iowa mayors are urging Congress to pass a bipartisan infrastructure deal.

Cedar Rapids Mayor Brad Hart, Dubuque Mayor Roy Buol, and Waterloo Mayor Quentin Hart joined 369 bipartisan mayors from across the country in a letter sent to Congress this week.

Brad Hart said whatever money they get from the infrastructure bill would go to replace the Eighth Avenue Bridge. The mayor said the bridge is a big part of the city’s flood protection plan. He’s wanted an infrastructure deal for a while, and even met with the Trump administration when they proposed one.

“Some form of an infrastructure bill, a federal infrastructure bill is needed,” Brad Hart said. “I think everybody understands that. I hope the parties can hammer through their differences and pass that.”

Buol and Quentin Hart also have a list of projects they hope a federal infrastructure package could fund.

“Highway 20 is a project that we have been working on trying to get the funding for years,” Buol said. “More recreational trails that I think are in demand in every city. We have a new regional airport facility.”

Quentin Hart said infrastructure is a people issue, and not a Republican and Democratic one.

“We have bridges, we have roads that are in desperate need of repair,” Quentin Hart said. “We have our treatment facilities that need some support. What I really appreciate is broadband and the conversation about housing being included.”

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