Davenport receives $7.7M to improve highway-rail crossings

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(Davenport, IA) -- The City of Davenport is getting $7.7 million in federal funding to work on two highway-railroad crossings.

Monday, the Biden Administration announced $570 million in funding for 63 projects across 32 states. The projects aim to eliminate or improve highway-rail crossings.

"Every year, commuters, residents, and first responders lose valuable time waiting at blocked railroad crossings – and worse, those crossings are too often the site of collisions that could be prevented," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.

The South Concord Street Grade Separation project will eliminate one crossing and build an overpass at another.

The U.S. Department of Transportation said it cuts down wait times at the crossings where trains pass at least ten times daily. The wait times often range between 30 minutes and 2 hours.

The overpass will be built to withstand record flooding.

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