Govt pushes ahead with ellenbrook rail line
Cedar Rapids — As a project to connect the East River and the Iowa City region continues to take shape, Cedar Rapids’ Central Connector is the first of a planned $18.8 billion rail line planned to link the two towns and to serve as an integral part of a plan to connect Lakewood, Iowa, with the state’s western edge.
Officials of Central Connector, the state’s largest bridge-building project, said Thursday that it could take three years to complete the first segment of the 441-mile bridge, which will cross over from the North Carolina b청주 출장 안마order to the west of Des Moines. The project, which is already under way, is a large component of a $30 billion $5.8 billion infrastructure package that is under way.
The project will connect the western edge of Cedar Rapids to the east of the city, and provide access to the Des Moines International Airport and the Des Moines Regional Transit Authority, said Dan Henson, Cedar Rapids’ chief bridge inspector. The 1,064-foot-long section of bridge, which crosses a creek between two banks, will connect with the Ce화천안마ntral Connector rail and intermodal bridges, he said.
Construction of the bridge began in 1990. The first segment that connects Des Moines with the river began in 1990.
Cedar Rapids plans to purchase its rights to the project from the state, which is paying about $4 billion. The state plans to use about $400 million from the project, which will be divided among the state’s other major bridges, Henson said.
„Our goal is to ensure an adequate amount of funds is available for the project in its entirety to complete it safely and with minimal impact to Cedar Rapids,“ Henson said.
After completion, the bridge will connect to other projects, Henson said, including Cedar Rapids Central Connector, a $17.8 billion bridge connecting North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin that will connect with I-380 through the state’s capital city of Des Moines.
The state plans to hold five public meetings to discuss the final stages of the project in 2016, including one in Des Moines and another in late 2016. It plans to complete the bridge in 2018, in time for the city’s annual Independence Day parade.
State officials, in partnership with the local community, have worked over the years to determine and build a design that has an open approach to construction that avoids using an a구리안마nchor. Construction will also avoid creating unnecessary traffic through the rive