U.S. Secretary of Transportation Buttigieg Announces a $15 Million Grant Award to the State of Iowa for America’s Infrastructure


A US Department of Transportation Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary Pete Buttigieg today announced that the Biden Administration will award $15 million to the city of Clinton through the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) discretionary grants program. The total FY 21 RAISE investment in American infrastructure was nearly $1 billion, awarded to 90 projects in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Guam.

“We’re proud to support these great projects that will improve infrastructure, strengthen supply chains, make us safer, advance equity, and combat climate change,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “As in past years, we received far more applications than we could fund: this cycle saw about a ten-to-one ratio of requests to available dollars. But going forward, with the passage of President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, we will be able to support far more infrastructure projects to support jobs and everyday life in communities across the country.”

The program selection criteria encompassed safety, environmental sustainability, quality of life, economic competitiveness, state of good repair, innovation, and partnerships with a broad range of stakeholders. Within these criteria, the grants reflect the Department’s priorities for creating good-paying jobs, improving safety, applying transformative technology, and explicitly addressing climate change and advancing racial equity.

The city of Clinton will receive $15 million for the Drive to Prosperity – Manufacturing Drive and Bluff Boulevard Reconstruction project, which includes reconstructing two bridges, converting the roadway into a three-lane section, adding a roundabout, interconnecting traffic signals, and separating sewer and sanitary lines. It will also upgrade traffic signals, install sidewalks and a bicycle route, add transit shelters, and modify intersections. The roadway improvements will improve long-term efficiency, reliability, and affordability in the movement of workers or goods. The sidewalk will be set back from the roadway, protecting pedestrians, and the dedicated bike path will help reduce bicycle-vehicle interaction and collisions. The project includes plans to construct bioretention cells, bio-swales, underground filtration rock chambers, and other practices to improve the quality of the storm water runoff and decrease harmful pollutants into the Mississippi River receiving waters.

Fiscal Year 2021 RAISE Transportation discretionary grants are for planning and capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure and were awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant local or regional impact. RAISE funding supports roads, bridges, transit, rail, ports or intermodal transportation.

Per statute, the Department is awarding 50% of RAISE Transportation grant funding to projects located in rural areas and 50% to urban areas that deliver positive benefits for these communities.  For this round of RAISE Transportation discretionary grants, the maximum grant award is $25 million, and no more than $100 million can be awarded to a single State, as specified in the appropriations act.

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