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The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded a $955,000 grant to the City of Moscow. The City applied for the disaster recovery grant to assist with funding the construction of a new Sixth Street bridge over Paradise Creek near Mountain View Road. The new 24-foot, single-span bridge will replace the existing culvert system that was damaged by flooding in 2019, and will include sidewalks, bike lanes, and be elevated to lessen future flooding in the area. This EDA grant, to be matched with $515,000 from the City, is expected to support the retention of 66 jobs in the community. Project construction is anticipated begin this summer and be completed by the end of 2022. Mayor Art Bettge says of the award, “The grant money received is very needed as it enables construction of a replacement for the damaged bridge over Paradise Creek on 6th Street. In conjunction with the construction of a roundabout at 6th and Mountain View, traffic flow and pedestrian and bike safety will be greatly enhanced in the vicinity. A grant of almost a million dollars is a rare event and all of us, the citizens of Moscow, should be really happy that these monies have been made available. The receipt of this grant is a great reflection on the diligent efforts on the part of city staff to help stretch Moscow’s budget to benefit of the entire community. Bridge-building is not inexpensive and this grant helps the city implement projects that would otherwise be difficult to fund.” “The Economic Development Administration plays an important role in helping communities build back better from natural disasters and implement their plans to provide the resources that businesses need to be successful,” said Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Alejandra Y. Castillo. “This EDA investment will help build necessary transportation infrastructure needed to serve Moscow’s residents and business community and accommodate the city’s future growth.” “Idaho is committed to improving transportation infrastructure to keep Idahoans safe and facilitate commerce,” said Governor Brad Little. “The new bridge will provide a safe east-west connection for the city, filling a gap in the transportation system that had been taken away by flooding.” “The infrastructure investment in a new bridge over Paradise Creek will help many sectors of Moscow’s local economy continue to grow and thrive,” said Senator Mike Crapo. “EDA grants have provided a wide array of benefits across our state as they further the productive focus on growth and development in rural areas.” This project is funded by the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act of 2019 (Pub. L. 116-20), which provided EDA with an additional $600 million for the Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) Program funds for disaster relief and recovery for areas affected by Hurricanes Florence, Michael, and Lane, Typhoons Yutu and Mangkhut, wildfires, volcanic eruptions, and other major natural disasters occurring in calendar year 2018, and tornadoes and floods occurring in calendar year 2019, under the Robert T. Stafford Act. Please visit EDA’s Disaster Supplemental webpage for more information.
About the U.S. Economic Development Administration (www.eda.gov). The mission of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing the nation’s regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. An agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, EDA invests in communities and supports regional collaboration in order to create jobs for U.S. workers, promote American innovation, and accelerate long-term sustainable economic growth.