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The River Bandits installed a new playing surface at Modern Woodmen Park.

DES MOINES - Gov. Chet Culver on Monday signed a bill to spend another $150 million to upgrade the state's infrastructure and assist in flood recovery.

Culver signed Senate File 2389, which includes a $150 million expansion of the I-JOBS Program, in the flood-damaged Linn County Administrative Office Building in Cedar Rapids.

The bill "will help meet our state infrastructure needs while putting Iowans back to work," he said.

The legislation includes funding for I-JOBS and the state's Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund, which together represent $273.7 million in spending.

In the Quad-Cities, it includes $1.1 million for improvements to prevent flood damage at Modern Woodmen Park baseball stadium in Davenport

The bill, Culver said, "completes the promise we made to Iowans with the second part of the successful I-JOBS initiative, which is helping our state not only recover from the disasters of 2008, but is putting people to work and will help modernize our state's infrastructure in all 99 counties."

After signing the measure in Cedar Rapids, Culver promoted the effort with stops in in Waterloo and Mason City.

With the most recent legislation, the I-JOBS bonding program now totals $875 million. Of that total, $260 million has gone to disaster recovery, Culver said,

The governor also used his line-item veto authority to remove language from the RIIF portion of the bill which set a time limit for moving some state offices to the Mercy Capitol Building.

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