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How Davenport Might Spend Extra Road Money

Michelle O'Neill

  The Davenport City Council will have about 10 percent more money to spend next year on street repairs. This week, aldermen told staff how they would like use the 1.6 million dollars it's estimated to receive from Iowa's new, ten-cents-a-gallon road tax increase.

Finance Director, Brandon Wright, says $720,000 may be spent on fixing up Davenport's brick streets. Work on the base of the streets in the worst condition would be completed by a contractor. Then a special machine made by a public works employee will lay the bricks.
The rest, $160,000, would be spend on equipment that's used as part of the asphalt sealing process.

Usually, the city receives about $9.5 million from the state road use tax. And the public works department uses a system to rate street and road conditions, and bases repair decisions on that, plus the amount of traffic each one gets.

Wright says Davenport aldermen may vote on the final plan this summer. 

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