Rep. Axne Announces New $25,000,000 Infrastructure Grant for Polk County

September 15, 2020
Press Release

Today, Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) announced a new $25,000,000 federal Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant for a roadway reconstruction and upgrade project in Polk County. 

In May, Rep. Axne wrote directly to U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Elaine Chao to push for the approval of this grant.

“Improving our infrastructure is critical for job growth and economic opportunity for all Iowans,” said Rep. Axne. “I’m pleased to see this robust federal investment coming back to support improvements in Iowa’s Third District, and I will continue to fight to get additional investments through this and other federal grant programs.”

According to DOT, the project will reconstruct approximately five miles of a two-lane rural arterial to a three-lane urban road, including a new underpass for grade separation at a dual railroad crossing, increased vertical clearance of Broadway Avenue under the I-235 overpass, addition of a paved multi-use trail, and installation of a fiber optic traffic signal interconnect network to enable adaptive signal control.

In July, Rep. Axne voted to approve $1 billion in the Fiscal Year 2021 federal budget to support further investments through the BUILD grant program.