SIOUX CITY | Sioux City is again eyeing a pair of competitive federal grants to propel its plans to construct a $20.7 million viaduct across railroad tracks on 18th Street.
The proposed 500-foot 18th Street viaduct would connect Floyd Boulevard to Steuben Street, spanning the Union Pacific Railroad and Canadian National Railway tracks. The project would also realign portions of Hawkeye Drive and Illinois Avenue.
Two weeks ago, the council approved a $16.5 million submission for the U.S. Department of Transportation's Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Grant Program, which supports high-impact infrastructure projects.
Monday, the council will vote whether to approve a $12.4 million grant application to the U.S. DOT's National Significant Freight and Highway (INFRA) Grant Program, which addresses critical issues facing the nation's highways and bridges.
Either grant would provide significant large-scale funding to bring the project closer to reality.
Sioux City has long been eyeing a viaduct in the Hoeven Valley to reduce vehicle, truck and rail delays and allow future industries to expand. The city received a DOT planning grant to design the project in 2014 but in 2016 was denied a $14.8M federal grant through the TIGER program to construct the project.
The city in December had applied for an $11.6 million Fostering Advancements in Shipping and Transportation for the Long-term Achievement of National Efficiencies, or FASTLANE, program grant for the project, but was not awarded the funding.
The INFRA Grant Program application on Monday's agenda would request $12,426,600 in federal funding, with a proposed city match of $6,904,400 and a $1,380,000 total contribution from Cargill, Union Pacific Railroad, Canadian National Railway and the Iowa Department of Transportation.
The TIGER Grant Program approved two weeks ago requests $16,568,800 in federal funding, with a proposed city match of $2,762,200 and the same contribution from Cargill, the railroads and the DOT.