Sioux City Receives $1 Million TIGER Grant

Jade Dundas

The City of Sioux City has been awarded a $1,000,000 grant from the US Department of Transportation to assist with transportation improvements in Hoeven Valley. The funds have been awarded from the highly competitive Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER Discretionary Grant program.

This grant will allow the City to plan and design improvements to the street system and rail crossings and update the Hoeven Valley transportation plan, including a new 18th Street viaduct, to ensure that transportation improvements are made to the area. The City will work with businesses and railroads in the valley on improvements including efficiency and safety, primarily through infrastructure construction, which will reduce conflicts between cars and railroad traffic and increase economic development in the Hoeven Valley.

The City applied for this grant after consulting with Hoeven Valley businesses and was able to seek legislative support during the annual trip to Washington, DC last spring. “We appreciate the assistance of Senators Grassley and Harkin and Congressman King for their help in lobbying for these funds. I especially want to thank Senator Harkin who made calls on our behalf as this project will greatly improve transportation flow in the Hoeven Valley corridor,” said Mayor Bob Scott.

The City’s application included a request for construction funds to complete projects within the area and a request for the awarded planning funds. Although the construction grant was not awarded, the receipt of the planning funds will allow the City, over the next year, to refine the project details and make another application for construction funding in the spring of 2015.