- Associated Press - Saturday, August 13, 2016

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Sioux City’s long-planned viaduct over railroad tracks could be in jeopardy after a federal agency rejected a request for nearly $15 million in funding.

The U.S. Department of Transportation denied the bid for a $14.8 million grant that would have covered nearly three-quarters of the estimated $20.7 million project, according to the Sioux City Journal (https://bit.ly/2aBx3bL ).

Without the federal money, the “cost of the project is pretty cost-prohibitive,” City Manager Bob Padmore said of the viaduct.

Officials have long supported the viaduct over the tracks at 18th Street, which they say would eliminate lengthy delays by motorists waiting for trains and could spur more growth in an industrial area bordering the Floyd River.

The city’s plan also included the closure of 11th Street, which officials said would benefit a large Cargill soy processing complex that straddles the street.

Cargill had pledged $1.5 million toward the project, with the city adding $2 million and three railroad companies also contributing funding.

Economic development department Director Marty Dougherty said the city wouldn’t give up on the plan and would seek federal money for the viaduct next year.

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Information from: Sioux City Journal, https://www.siouxcityjournal.com

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