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Posted on: June 28, 2023

City of Cedar Falls Receives RAISE Grant for Main Street Reconstruction Project

picture of construction on Main Street

The Department of Transportation has announced the City of Cedar Falls will receive a Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) Grant for the Main Street Reconstruction Project in the amount of $10,000,000.

"This grant is a tremendous achievement for Cedar Falls and we are extremely excited," said City Administrator Ron Gaines. "We want to thank Public Works Director Chase Schrage and his staff as well as our partners at Foth for their effort in securing the grant. The entire process is very competitive and there are a lot of deserving projects across the country so to be a recipient is a huge accomplishment. It is truly a testament to the work of our City staff and their dedication to improving our community. We also appreciate the support of Iowa Senators Grassley and Ernst as well as Representative Hinson which helped make this possible."

The Cedar Falls Main Street Reconstruction Project involves a complete reconstruction of Main Street between University Avenue and 6th Street to include complete streets enhancements, dedicated on-street bike lanes, ADA-accessible sidewalks and trails, mid-block crossings, transit stops, as well as lighting and underground utility improvements. Construction on the project kicked off in Spring 2023 and is expected to be complete in Summer 2025.

Learn more about the Main Street Reconstruction Project at

About RAISE Grants

The Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity, or RAISE Discretionary Grant program provides a unique opportunity for the DOT to invest in road, rail, transit, and port projects that promise to achieve national objectives. Previously known as the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) and Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Discretionary Grants, Congress has dedicated nearly $12.1 billion for fourteen rounds of National Infrastructure Investments to fund projects that have a significant local or regional impact.

The RAISE program enables DOT to use a rigorous merit-based process to select projects with exceptional benefits, explore ways to deliver projects faster and save on construction costs, and make needed investments in the Nation's infrastructure.

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