Cedar Rapids gets federal grant to replace Eighth Avenue Bridge


The City of Cedar Rapids has secured critical funding for a key segment of the city’s permanent flood control system.

The Gazette reports that after lobbying for years, $56.4 million in federal funding has been secured to replace the Eighth Avenue Bridge

The funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Promoting Resilient Operations for Transformative, Efficient and Costsaving Transportation, or PROTECT, grant program.

The monies will be used towards the replacement of the “Arc of Justice” Bridge project, expected to cost $76.1 million.

The new bridge will be at a higher level than the current structure, and limit the need to evacuate areas behind the completed flood system. It will be designed for a 100 year life span.