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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

  • Data-driven, impartial, and measurable 
  • Addresses long-neglected neighborhood needs (60 percent of the plan is dedicated to residential streets) 
  • Proactive approach to invest in roads before they reach the end of their service life
  • Complete reconstruction on some of the most deteriorated roads in the city

The Impact

  • As of 2017, almost 34 miles of roadway have been improved (as a comparison, Cedar Rapids is approximately 7 miles wide north to south)
  • Investment in roadways as of January 2018: $67.3 million
  • As of 2017, approximately 106 street projects have been completed (70 percent of those in the heart of residential neighborhoods)

2018 Project List

  • 3rd Ave SE from 1st St SW to 1st St SE
  • 14th Ave SE from 36th St to 42nd St (started last year, will be completed this year)
  • 14th St SE from Bever Ave to 5th Ave
  • 16th Ave SE Extension from 4th St to 5th St (started last year, will be completed this year)
  • 22nd Ave SW from 6th St to 8th St
  • 23rd St NW from Johnson Ave to Burch Ave
  • 27th Ave SW from 3rd St to J St 
  • 28th St NW from Johnson Ave to D Ave
  • 36th St NE from G Ave to E Ave 
  • 36th St NE from Zach Johnson Drive to G Ave 
  • Arizona Ave NE from Center Point Road to Lawrence St
  • Center Point Rd NE from 29th St to 32nd St 
  • Drexel Drive SW from 1st Ave to Langdon Ave
  • E Ave NW, Hwy 100 to Stoney Point Rd; Stoney Point Rd from E Ave to Cherry Hill Park Entrance (two-year project, partially funded by Paving for Progress) 
  • Falcon Drive NE from Sally Drive to Glass Road 
  • H Ave NE and 16th St NE from 14th St to D Ave 
  • Hollywood Boulevard NE from Center Point Road to Council St
  • Intersection of Outlook Drive SW and 29th Ave
  • Johnson Ave NW from 1st Ave to Midway Dr (two-year project) 
  • Mansfield Ave SE from 34th Street to 32nd St
  • Memorial Dr SE from McCarthy Rd to Mt Vernon Rd 
  • Memorial Dr SE from Mt Vernon Rd to Bever Ave (the adjoining Meadowbrook Dr was done in 2017) 
  • Midway Dr NW from West Post Rd to Wiley Blvd; Zelda Dr NW from Midway north to House 400
  • Milburn Rd from Blairs Ferry to Tower Terrace Rd (this is a joint project with Linn County, and is partially funded by Paving for Progress) 
  • Northwood Dr NE from Glass Rd to south of Brookland Dr
  • O Ave NW, from east of 16th St to Ellis Blvd (16th St to east of Edgewood Road will be done 2020-21)
  • Oakland Rd NE from H Ave to 32nd St (two-way conversion and possible pavement rehabilitation)
  • Outlook Drive SW from 29th Ave to Clover Drive
  • Staub Court NE from Prairie Drive to Wildwood Court 
  • Texas Ave NE from Center Point to Sherman St 
  • Woodland Drive SE from Bever Ave to Grande Ave

How Roads are Prioritized

The City developed the 10-year management plan using pavement condition data collected on every single roadway in Cedar Rapids.

The plan is data-driven, impartial, and measurable, and 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

Complete Reconstruction 
The most expensive and time-consuming treatment method -- complete reconstruction includes underground utilities (water main, storm sewer, sanitary sewer) and the complete replacement of the entire surface of the street. Used on roads that have completely deteriorated and need to be fully replaced. 


  • 42nd Street NE
  • O Avenue NW
  • Johnson Avenue NW
Preventative Maintenance
Less impactful to residents, less costly. This type of treatment consists of adding a new layer of pavement to the surface (asphalt overlay or milling). Surface treatment only, no replacement of underground utilities. Not all streets are good candidates for this, but on some, a new surface layer means potentially adding 20 years to the life of the road. 

Cost Effective:

  • Spending $1 on maintenance eliminates or delays spending $5-$10 in total street replacement
  • Waiting to address roads until they are completely deteriorated is more costly, and takes investment away from roads whose life could be extended with maintenance.

  • Glass Road NE

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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