MASON CITY, Iowa – Oct. 8, 2013 – Funding to improve the surface at 19 highway-railroad grade crossings was approved today by the Iowa Transportation Commission. Six additional projects were added to the 2014 planned projects and 13 were scheduled for 2015. A list of the planned improvement locations may be found at http://www.iowadot.gov/iowarail/index.htm.
The Highway-Railroad Crossing Surface Repair Program supports the improvement of crossings to maintain safe and smooth highway-railroad crossings for Iowa's motorists. The program covers 60 percent of the repair cost, the parties responsible for the railroad and highway (normally a city or county) each pay 20 percent. Funding for the program comes from the Iowa Road Use Tax Fund.
"The party responsible for the roadway applies for surface repair funding," said Mary Jo Key, program manager in the Iowa DOT’s Office of Rail Transportation. "We accept applications at any time, and projects are primarily funded in the order in which they are received. The available money allows only a limited number of surface improvements each year, so there is a multiyear waiting period for the assistance."
Applications for the program are available at the Office of Rail Transportation's website at www.iowadot.gov/iowarail.
For more information, contact: Tammy Nicholson at 515-239-1052 or firstname.lastname@example.org