- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 26, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The federal government will provide $8 million to help the city of Des Moines pay for the replacement and rehabilitation of four downtown bridges.

U.S. Rep. David Young announced Tuesday that the Transportation Department had awarded the grants that will help pay for $22 million in work to bridges spanning the Des Moines and Raccoon rivers.

The city plans to replace the Locust Street bridge and rehabilitate the Court Avenue and Scott Avenue bridges and the SW First Street multi-use trail bridge.

Young says in a statement he supported a long-term transportation funding bill “to improve the longevity, safety, and stability of our infrastructure in Iowa and across the country.”

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