- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - Waterloo might seek $2 million in gambling money to help upgrade a downtown pedestrian bridge, officials said.

The Black Hawk County Gaming Association discussed the possibility of the project at a meeting Monday, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reported (https://bit.ly/1zrBQ69 ). City leaders had presented the idea to association president Tim Hurley in December.

Engineers estimate refurbishing the bridge would cost about $1.5 million, but Iowa Department of Natural Resources requirements to protect the river from contamination could add to that cost.

Hurley said the discussion was an “early warning” that the city might apply for funding. Officials have not yet submitted an official request to the association.

Association board member Sharon Juon suggested the city use funds from Waterloo Development Corp. because a quarter of the association’s revenue goes to the organization for riverfront developments.

But Hurley said the corporation has prioritized using its funds to support other projects.

The arched steel canopy pedestrian bridge, designed to connect the east and west sides of downtown, was originally completed in 1976. Hurley said the steel is rusted or rotting.

“It’s an identifying trademark of downtown Waterloo,” he said. “It’s either tear it down or fix it.”

The association has the gambling license to the Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo and distributes 5.75 percent of gross receipts to area projects and nonprofits.


Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, https://www.wcfcourier.com

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