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June 20, 2012

Clinton lands TIGER grant

CLINTON — The City of Clinton Tuesday was awarded a $2.7 million TIGER IV grant to help completely reconstruct 1.77 miles of Camanche Avenue from South Fourth Street to 14th Avenue South.

The $2.7 million will be used for the two-year Camanche Avenue project started this spring that includes creating three westbound lanes of traffic and the addition of a multi-use trail, street trees and decorative lighting.

The project is the final phase of the effort to reconstruct and repair Clinton’s US 30/67 corridor. The price tag for this phase is an estimated $14.7 million. The city of Clinton earlier this year applied for the grant to help cover its $5.3 million share of the cost.

DOT Commissioner David Rose, of Clinton, said he was elated to learn about the grant.

“This is fantastic for the city of Clinton,” Rose said. “A modern transportation system drives economics.”

The money will be furnished through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program.

TIGER grants are awarded by the federal government on a highly competitive basis to projects that aim to achieve critical national objectives, according to the U.S. DOT website.

In its fourth round, U.S. DOT received 703 applications asking for a total of $10.2 billion while only around $500 million was available.

The city previously applied for TIGER grant funds in 2011, but the grant request was denied.

Along with area leaders lobbying for funding in Washington, D.C., earlier this year, Congressman Dave Loebsack, in March, wrote a letter to U.S. DOT Secretary Ray LaHood in support of the project.

“I...respectfully urge your consideration of assisting the city of Clinton in completing this key project to continue to create a positive vision of growth and vitality, not only for the community, but also for the state and region,” he wrote

Clinton Mayor Mark Vulich said he is very excited the city received the grant.

“The city of Clinton came out on top and we won our share,” Vulich said. “It shows our trips to D.C. and Des Moines are justified.”

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