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DOT Delays Plan To Use RISE Funds For Rural Housing Infrastructure

Statewide Iowa — The Iowa Department of Transportation is delaying a pilot project that would help with the rural housing shortage in the state.

The DOT’s Craig Markley says the plan would use money from a program that has traditionally been used to build roads to support businesses and business development.

The state Transportation Commission has discussed the program and was set to vote on it Tuesday, but they have been asked by the Iowa Department of Economic Development to do some more study on the proposal. Markley says the idea came out of the need to get more people into the state to fill jobs.

Markley is not sure when the proposal might come back to the Transportation Commission.

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