House Transportation Committee Chairman Jim Oberstar (D-MN) and Congressman Phil Hare (D-IL) today met with members of the Tri-State Development Summit from Quincy to discuss the importance of upgrading transportation infrastructure in that region.
After the flood of 1993 wreaked havoc on western Illinois, southeast Iowa and northeast Missouri, it became clear that a comprehensive regional strategy was necessary. In the years since, the Tri-State Development Summit has grown to become the preeminent development initiative for the surrounding region.
"I am so pleased that a delegation from Quincy traveled all the way to Rock Island to give Chairman Oberstar a firsthand account of their infrastructure challenges," Hare said. "I will continue to work hard to secure the federal funding necessary to strengthen and grow this part of my district."
Quincy scored a significant victory last year with enactment of the Water Resources Development Act, which included language to complete critical updates to 7 locks and dams on the Upper Mississippi and Illinois Rivers. The bill, which had not been reauthorized since 2000, could create up to 50,000 new jobs in the region.
Hare and the Tri-State Development Summit also strongly support:
-Upgrading US Highway 36 across Missouri to interstate status and linking it to I-72 in Illinois
-Upgrading US 67 and Hwy 336 in Illinois
-Dredging Quincy Bay
-Creating the nation's first multi-state Intermodal Port Authority