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Paving for Progress Division
Public Works Department
500 15th Avenue SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
Phone: 319-286-5776

Paving for Progress 

The  Program

  • 1 percent local options sales tax
  • Sales tax generated by Cedar Rapids residents as well as visitors who shop/dine in our community 
  • 10-year investment: 2014 –2024
  • Approximately $18 million annually
  • Funds are set aside solely for the maintenance, repair, construction and reconstruction of public streets

The Strategy

  • Address neighborhood streets
  • Invest in roads before they reach the end of their service life
  • Completely replace some of our most deteriorated roads
  • Data-driven, impartial, and measurable

The Impact to Date

  • Linear miles of roadway improved: 43.68
  • Investment as of October 31, 2018: Almost $80 million
  • Projects completed to date: 134
  • 66 percent of completed projects have been local/residential
  • 33 percent of completed projects have been arterial

2018 Accomplishments

  • Improvements to approximately 9.8 linear miles of roadway (or approximately 20 lane miles).
  • Completion of 28 projects on both local and arterial roads.
  • Fifth year of the program.
  • At the peak of construction season, the combined value of projects underway exceeded $30 million.
2018 Completed Projects

  • 14th Avenue SE from 36th Street to 42nd Street
  • 14th Street SE from 5th Avenue to Bever Avenue
  • 16th Avenue SE from 4th Street to 5th Street
  • 17th Street SW from 1st Avenue to 8th Avenue
  • 22nd Avenue SW from 6th Street to 8th Street
  • 23rd Street NW from Johnson Avenue to Burch Avenue
  • 27th Avenue SW from 3rd Street to J Street
  • 36th Street SE from Clark Road to Dalewood Avenue
  • 6th Street SW Culvert at Hoosiers Creek
  • Bayberry Drive SW from Cameo Lane to Edgewood Road
  • Bramble Road SW from 29th Avenue to 33rd Avenue
  • Cameo Lane SW from Pebble Drive to 33rd Avenue
  • Carriage Drive SW from Bramble Road to Chapel Drive
  • Chapel Drive SW from 29th Avenue to Bayberry Drive
  • Coral Lane SW from Cameo Lane to Eden Lane
  • Drexel Drive SW from 1st Avenue to Langdon Avenue
  • Eden Lane SW from Bayberry Drive to 33rd Avenue
  • Hollywood Boulevard NE from Center Point Road to Council Street
  • Mansfield Avenue SE from 34th Street to 32nd Street
  • Meadowbrook Drive SE from 23rd Street to Bever Avenue
  • Milburn Road NE from Blairs Ferry to Tower Terrace Road
  • Northwood Drive NE from Glass Road to south of Brookland Drive
  • Avenue NW from 16th Street to Ellis Boulevard
  • Oakland Road NW from H Avenue to 32nd Street
  • Pebble Drive SW from Chapel Drive to Bramble Road
  • Texas Avenue NE from Center Point Road to Sherman St
  • Westview Drive NW from 1st Avenue to Sharon Lane
  • Wilson Avenue SW from West Post Road to Troy Street
  • Woodland Drive SE from Bever Avenue to Grande Avenue

Projects that will carry over into next year include:

  • 3rd Avenue Bridge 
  • Arizona Avenue NE from Center Point Road to Lawrence Street
  • H Avenue NE from 14th Street to 16th Street; 16th Street NE from H Avenue to D Avenue
  • Lawrence Street NE from Hollywood Boulevard to Arizona Avenue
  • Memorial Drive SE from McCarthy Road to Mt Vernon Road
  • Memorial Drive SE from Mt Vernon Road to Bever Avenue
  • Midway Drive NW from West Post Road to Zelda Drive and from Alma Drive to Wiley Boulevard


How Roads are Prioritized

The City developed the 10-year management plan using pavement condition data collected on every Pavement detection vehicleroadway in Cedar Rapids. The data is collected by a vehicle that drives the surface of the roads and collects data on texture, pavement distress, and roughness. Fresh data is collected every two years, and the plan is updated accordingly. Over time, we’ll be able to see the difference our investments are making in our roadways!

The plan includes:

  • Analysis on the condition of every street
  • Treatment methods and cost 
  • Cost benefit of performing work early rather than when the street is worse and repairs are more costly
  • Schedule
  • Updated list of projects every two years based on new pavement data

Key Goals:

  • Fully reconstruct some of the roads in worst condition
  • Perform less costly preventative maintenance to extend the life of additional roads
  • Make improvements to residential neighborhoods that have long been neglected
See the Plan:

Treatment Methods

Preventative Maintenance
This treatment saves money in the long-run by extending the life of the road, while also enhancing pavement quality. Waiting to address roads until they are completely deteriorated is five to ten times more costly, and takes investment away from roads whose life could be extended with maintenance. Not all roads are good candidates for this type of treatment, but for some, it can add 20 or more years to the life of the street. 

Preventative maintenance: 

  • Less impactful to residents
  • Less costly
  • Less time intensive
  • Surface-treatment only
  • Underground utilities not replaced
  • Long-term cost savings (spending $1 on maintenance eliminates or delays spending $6 - $10 in total street replacement)

  • Glass Road NE
  • Edgewood Road NW
  • Bever Avenue SE
  • Diagonal Drive SW
Preservation vs. Rehabilitation graph - web

Complete Reconstruction

Some streets are past the point where preventative maintenance is useful and we can no longer extend their surface life. Complete reconstruction is used when a street needs to be fully ripped out and replaced.

  • More impactful to residents and time intensive
  • More costly
  • Complete replacement of the entire street
  • Underground utilities replaced

  • 42nd Street NE
  • 19th Street SE
  • West Post Road NW
  • O Avenue NW
  • Johnson Avenue NW
  • 8th Avenue SW (scheduled for 2020)

Project Information
Click the interactive map below for details on finished projects, or those underway:
Map of finished project 11.15.17

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Cedar Rapids voters passed a one percent sales tax for street repair in November of 2013, which went into effect July 1, 2014 and will continue for 10 years until it expires on June 30, 2024. Paving for Progress will capitalize on approximately $18 million annually, set aside solely for the maintenance, repair, construction and reconstruction of public streets. 

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