City of Burlington Riverfront TIGER Grant Project

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The City of Burlington, Iowa has been inundated by the floodwaters of the Mississippi River since ti’s founding. In recent years, a series of record floods have been particularly damaging – costing the City and many private businesses millions of dollars in emergency protection costs, property damage, clean-up and maintenance costs, and lost revenues. 

In 2019 V&K submitted a proposal for the Main Street, Jefferson Street and Riverfront Improvements project for the City of Burlington. Led by the Quad Cities office, the proposed team consisted of V&K, SmithGroup, Bruner, Cooper & Zuck, Inc. Terracon, Environmental Planning Strategies and Tallgrass Archaeology. V&K has worked previously with SmithGroup, who provides urban planning/rendering and design services, for the City of Burlington’s Flood Mitigation project. 

The $17M project includes riverfront amenities (ramp, docks, parking, shade structures), complete streets (9 blocks on Main Street and 8 blocks on Jefferson Street), and combines flood protection, sewer separation, dockage and integrated planning into one effort. The V&K team was selected without interview as we clearly stood out among competitors for the Engineering Services related to the TIGER (Transportation Investment Generation Economic Recovery) grant, a significant aspect of the project’s funding. 

V&K recently completed the design phase of the Burlington TIGER Grant Streetscape and Riverfront Masterplan, with hopes for letting and construction to begin in the near term. 

To learn more about the Riverfront project and other TIGER Grant projects, visit the links below:

https://www.thehawkeye.com/news/20180306/burlington-wins-consequential-17-million-grant-for-jefferson-main-and-riverfront-video

https://www.iapublictransit.com/news/iowa-receives-17-million-in-tiger-grants-from-fta