Department of Transportation awards $25 million to Polk County for Broadway Avenue Improvements project

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The Iowa Department of Transportation plans a record-busting $806 million in statewide road and bridge projects this construction season. (Photo: William Petroski/The Register)

Polk County’s plan to reconstruct a portion of Broadway Avenue just got a $25 million boost from the federal government. 

The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday announced the grant, earmarked for the Broadway Avenue Multi-modal Improvements project, as part of a $1 billion investment from the Trump administration to improve infrastructure through its Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development program.

The BUILD grant will cover over half of the projected $40 million cost of the Broadway project.

“A federal grant like that … relieves the burden on the local governments to help pay for that,” said MPO executive director Todd Ashby. “It certainly helps speed the timeline of completing the project.”

According to local officials, the project, which focuses on a 5.2-mile stretch

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Nursing Home Commission Recommends Improvements for U.S. Covid-19 Response

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An ambulance pulls up outside of the Cobble Hill Health Center on April 18, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City during the coronavirus pandemic.

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An independent commission set up by the Trump administration to assess the impact of Covid-19 on nursing homes released dozens of recommendations on Wednesday but also revealed divisions over how to respond to the crisis.

The final report from the commission, which was established by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in April, recommended immediate improvements to systems for testing and supplies of protective equipment, and changes for safe visitation, among other steps.

“To reduce suffering and to save the lives of residents and staff, CMS can implement or initiate the commission’s actionable recommendations in relatively short order,” the report said.

But the report does little to raise standards or ensure accountability for nursing homes, said some members

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