WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) last week announced that Northeast Iowa’s Livable Rural Communities in Winneshiek County has been awarded $1,651,475 from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) National Infrastructure Investments (TIGER) grant program. The funding will be used for improvements to a local road and the construction of a bicycle and pedestrian trail in the area. Harkin is a senior member of the Appropriations subcommittee that funds these initiatives.
“Providing investments in transportation and economic development is key to growing tourism in Iowa and will give a welcome boost to our economy,” Harkin said. “These funds will go towards efforts that will improve the quality of life for so many Iowans by making our roads and transportation system more accessible and efficient.”
The funding will be used to reconstruct a deteriorating portion of a suburban, two-lane road in the area with a multi-model system of roads, bridges, and trails. The project also includes funding to build a bicycle and pedestrian trail connecting Decorah and Freeport.