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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 its 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. The Quad Cities office led the proposed team of V&K, SmithGroup, Bruner, Cooper & Zuck, Inc. Terracon, Environmental Planning Strategies, and Tallgrass Archaeology. V&K has worked previously with SmithGroup, which 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 eight 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 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 of letting construction begin in the near term. 

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