Hopeful Grant from Dubuque City Council keeps JFK Road sidewalk project moving forward

DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG) – Members of Dubuque City Council say the lack of sidewalks means safety and accessibility issues are at stake on John F. Kennedy Road, especially as this road contains a combination residential and student population.

A sidewalk addition project, however, has faced opposition from neighbors for years, mainly because they would need to pay for the installation of sidewalks on their properties.

“The people of JFK I spoke with weren’t necessarily opposed to this, but they were concerned that right after the pandemic she was undergoing an assessment,” said Susan Farber, board member. .

The project is expected to cost more than $ 351,810, but Farber said that was the reason the city applied for and received a $ 190,000 grant from the US Department of Transportation. This means that the landowners would only have to pay $ 80,526 for the project.

“Based on the fact that it is not in 2021, that it does not really start until mid-year, the project, for 2022, it will be a little more relaxing on the personal budgets of those who are the most concerned. said Farber.

Those over $ 80,000 will be divided among the owners according to the value of the property. For an owner, that could mean the difference between paying $ 4,000 or $ 2,000.

The city will pay about $ 81,200 for the project, which includes retaining walls, potential topography modification to accommodate sidewalks, as well as ADA ramps.

Farber explained that for landowners who have certain income thresholds, funding will be available, along with other opportunities for a 15-year payback period.

A public hearing on the project is scheduled for December 6. According to Farber, the project must have three-quarters of council approval. If 75% of the citizens who are in this residential area apply for a review from the city council, then it would require 100% approval from the city council and the mayor.

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