CLEVELAND: The state will seek a $120 million federal grant to speed up construction of a Cleveland bridge.

The Plain Dealer reports the competitive grant program is among a number of sources that officials hope to leverage for the $350 million bridge project.

State transportation staffers had recommended last month that planned work on some bridge and road projects be delayed by as many as 19 years, citing a lack of funds and over-commitment by previous administrations.

The announcement that the completion of the second Inner Belt Bridge might be more than a decade away, instead of just a few years, has spurred a push to find more money to get it done sooner.

The newspaper reports its unclear how much money or how soon the federal grant would deliver.