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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - August 25, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                4A The Cedar Rapids Gazelle: Aug. 25. 1974 Mass Problems, But C.R. Bridge-Dam Job Moves On By Mike Df upree Despite a mass of problems technical, financial and ju- risdictional the combination bridge and dam structure proposed for Cedar Rapids is moving steadily toward reali- ty. And. says Mayor Don Canney. it's no! really far behind schedule. "It's no more behind schedule than the rest of the interstate construction." the mayor, who has a special reason to keep a close eye on the massive project. Canney and Iowa City Architect Ned Ashton are the two prime movers behind the project, which will be the big- gest, most expensive project ever undertaken by the state highway commission. THEY BEGAN pushing for the combination concept in 1967. when Canney was public improvements commissioner. "The idea came about be- Mike Deupree cause of the construction of I- 3SO and the need for a new dam." Canney explained. "It looked like we were going to need five river crossings, plus the dam." instead of several separate structures, why nut build a new dam and put the E and F avenue bridges on top of il, then put 1-380 on top of that, asked Ashton and Canney? The combination, they esti- mated, would save the city and the state million. The concept of a multiple- use structure was well-re- ceived from the start, and the specific design was formallv approved hy the highway commission in late 1970. The cost estimates have varied considerably since the project was conceived. There was first and there still Is. in some respects the ques- tion of what parts of the structure would be funded by the city, state and federal governments. The 1-380 structure was clearly eligible for 90 percent federal and ten percent state funding as a part of the in- terstate highway system, and the dam was just as clearly a city responsibility. The city also hoped the E and F avenue bridges would be considered part of the in- terstate system; on that basis, the city's share of the million project was put at million, plus about in gates and machinery for the dam. That estimate was in late 1970. In February of the fol- lowing year, the Federal High- way Administration (FHU'A) nixed the idea of 90 percent funding for the E and F ave- nue portions of the structure. That boosted the city share to about million But in September, 1972. the F1IVVA changed its mind and agreed the K and F avenue segments were part of the interstate system. At about the same time, the cost of the dam was pared down, and the city share of the whole project dropped to about million. By this time a sixth feature, 300 metered parking spaces, had been added to the project but the "five-in-iine" tag stuck. Kenya Wants To Stage Games NAIROBI. Kenya (AP) Africa's leading track and field nation, is mak- ing a firm bid to stage the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Nairobi. Isaac Lugonzo, chairman of the decision-mak- ing Kenya National Sports council, said the Kenya Olympic Assn. had been entrusted with the advance- work in connection with the Kenyan offer. KOA chairman John Kas- yoka said five other nations Nigeria, Australia, Trinidad and Tobago, India and Ma- already indicated an interest in hosting the games, billed as a "mini- Olympics." If the Games are held here, they will be the first ever held on African soil since they were initiated 44 years ago in Ontario. Need a second car? Read Classified. You've Asked About Social Security Officials Answer I won't start getting monthly social security retirement payments until I become 72 next January. Does that mean I'll get 7 percent more in monthly checks because I delayed my retirement for seven years? No. Since the delayed retirement credit provision went into effect beginning with January 1971, you cannot get any credit for any years prior to that. Therefore, your delayed retirement credit will be for 1971 through 1974 or 4 percent. My son-in-law and daughter were killed in an automobile accident nearly five years ago. Since then I have fully sup- ported by granddaughter, who is now 11. I'm retiring soon, and I'll start getting social security checks. Can my grand- daughter get monthly checks, too? Since her parents are dead and she is dependent on you, your granddaughter may be able to get monthly checks based on your work record. When you apply for your retirement checks, you should also apply for payments for her. The Cedar Rapids Social Security office is locafed in room 300, SGA building, 122 Second street SE. 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All RiRhls Reserved Throughout the World. Proposed Cedar River Five-in-One Structure IN THE LAST two years, inflation has hit the construc- tion industry extremely hard. The latest estimate of the city's share is million. But Canney believes the combination plan still means a saving, because the cost of separate structures, he ex- plains, would be proportion- ately increased, too, if that was the course that had been chosen instead of the combina- tion. The city council has always planned to build the dam without increasing taxes, and that's still the goal. "We're not considering sell- ing any bonds." Canney said last week. Instead, a fund has been set up and money placed in it from the liquor fund during the last three years. About S600.000 found its way into the bridge fund that way. and about of it has al- ready been spent for engi- neering on the project. Last spring, the council decided to bolster the fund by allocating in revenue sharing money. The eventual full city share will probably be attained in the same way. Canney said, through a combination of rev- enue sharing, liquor funds and road use funds. The mayor is also quick to point out tbat the big price tag covers more than just a span over the Cedar river. It's ac- tually a structure nearly a mile long, from Fourth ave- nue SW to Fourth street with exit ramps, bridges, the dam, traffic signals, side- ualks and related items. And it's more than just a way to get cars from one side City Hall Notes In the other, he said. Canney feels most people overlook the necessity for the new dam. "It's absolutely necessary to ensure a safe and adequate water he said, ex- plaining that a large poo! must be assured, both to keep an adequate flow available for the well fields that supply the city water, and also tu make sure a high enough level is available if the wells fail and water must be taken directly from the river. Recreation and flood control will also be improved, he said, because the new dam will have adjustable gates, unlike the present dam, providing more control over the water level. On top of the dam will be two sets of streets, three lanes eastbound for E avenue and two lanes westbound for F av- enue, as well as sidewalks. On top of that will be seven lanes for 1-380, four of them eastbound. Cars on the top level will be 54 feet above the waters of the Cedar river. A project that big isn't built overnight. Canney estimates at least two years will be required for the actual construction. BIDS ARE tentatively scheduled to be opened in November. The whole project will be built under a single contract, with the city paying the highway commission for its share of the structure. Because of the size of the project, the FHWA wants to advertise for bids for two months, instead of the typical one month. It's also the size of the project that convinces Canney things are moving along pretty well. A few years ago. he said, a project of this magnitude would take about ten years, from conception to construc- tion. Hut In the last two or three years greatly increased em- phasis has been put on envi- ronmental and safety consid- erations, and inflation has made funding a real problem when coupled with cutbacks and Impoundments of highway funds. Since the project was first estimated for opening in a completion date of 1977 doesn't sound too bad. TO WILLY'S." This Week Only! Centerpiece of Distinctive Funeral Arrangements Delivery Mon. thru Sat. 8-5 FARAH Slacki Presents the New West in Knit! About as undenim as you can get. No rumpled, crum- pled look in this easy-care polyester knit. Contrast stitched jacket with gently flared matching slacks. Both in neat city colors. Bottle green and chocolate brown. Sizes 36 to 46 regu- lars, 40 to 46 longs. Jacket Slack ARMSTRONG MEN'S CLOTHING THIRD FLOOR quality is economy   

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