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Dubuque applies for more than $8 million to revamp 16th Street corridor

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The Dubuque City Council voted 7-0 Monday night to approve an application for the Tiger IX grant, which would give the city more than $8 million in federal funds.

The money would be used to revamp the 16th Street corridor.  It's a project the city says is vital to improving access to Chaplain Schmitt Island and Dubuque's north end.

"We see safety enhancements, we see economic development enhancements, we see transportation enhancements, and we see a better north end overall, so that's the goal of this project," said Teri Goodmann, assistant city manager.

The city would reconstruct 16th Street, including adding four roundabouts, sidewalks and bike paths.

It would piggy back a more than $4 million project on Kerper Boulevard, where the city plans to reconstruct the southern two lanes and do work on a sanitary sewer reconstruction project.

The city will now apply for the grant, and will find out late next year if they receive it.  If they don't, the 16th Street project will become a long-term project, Goodmann said.

Dubuque has applied for the grant every year since its inception in 2009.  They won it that year, and made big improvements to the Millwork District.

"And after the 5.6 million in the Tiger grant to pave the streets and put new utilities in in the Millwork District, we saw more than $100 million in private investment," Goodmann said.

If they receive the grant, the money would be available in 2019, and the project would have to be completed by 2025.

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