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House OKs federal money for Douglas County projects

Douglas County Highway F and Parkland Industrial Park benefit from the transportation and urban development appropriations bill approved by the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday.

Douglas County Highway F and Parkland Industrial Park benefit from the transportation and urban development appropriations bill approved by the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday.

U.S. Rep Dave Obey, D-Wausau said the $2 million appropriation will help reconstruct County Highway F and extend sewer and water utilities, a road and rail spur to the Parkland Industrial Park.

The industrial park is on the former site county hospital off County Highway Z. The site was annexed by the city for development of a state prison that never got past the planning stages.

"Our community infrastructure, such as roads, rails and sewer and water systems, are an essential part of our economy and are necessary for the creation of good-paying jobs for the region," said Obey, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. "So I'm glad the House approved my request for these funds to help improve transportation and infrastructure in Douglas County without putting too much of a strain on local taxpayers."

At Obey's request, the House approved:

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  • $1.5 million to help Douglas County reconstruct a 4 mile segment of County Highway F connecting U.S. Highway 2 on the south to State Highway 13 on the north to increase roadway safety. The highway serves as a primary bus route serving the Northwestern School District.
  • $500,000 to help Douglas County extend sewer and water utilities, and a road and rail spur to the Parkland Industrial Park. Located near County Highway E on Z, with easy access to highways, rail and Superior ports, the industrial park is intended to help spur economic growth for the region.

Obey said the bill still requires approval by the U.S. Senate and signed by President Bush before it becomes law.
" ... having these funds included in the House passed bill means that a major hurdle has been cleared," Obey said in a prepared statement.

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