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Paving for Progress 

2017 Construction Season 
The 2017 Paving for Progress season has wrapped up, which includes approximately 7.63 linear miles of pavement improvements (or 14.3 lane miles) on local and arterial roads. This year marked the fourth construction season of the program – an estimated $17.2 million investment in our infrastructure this year (as of the end of October).  

View full list of 2017 Accomplishments. 

To date, the program has made the following impacts:

  • Linear miles of roadway improved: 33.91
  • Investment in roadways as of October 31, 2017: $64.3 million
  • Projects completed to date: 106 
  • 70 percent of completed projects have been local/residential
  • 30 percent of completed projects have been arterial
How Roads are Prioritized: Data

In order to maximize our dollars as much as possible, the City developed the 10-year management plan using pavement condition data collected on every single roadway in Cedar Rapids. This data ensures we are identifying roads that would help us make the most overall impact to our entire road network. The resulting prioritization list is data driven, impartial, and measurable. 

The plan blends two primary needs:

  • Our desire to fully rehabilitate roads that have reached the end of their life
  • Our desire to keep our infrastructure from falling into a worse state of deterioration
Our needs outweigh our resources, so prioritization is critical. Data helps us identify a variety of pavement projects, not just the worst offenders.

Doing only a "worst first" approach will negatively impact the program in a few ways:

  • We will spend more and get fewer roads done
  • We will neglect other roads and allow them to slip into more expensive states of disrepair
  • We will always be chasing the most expensive projects
Spending $1 on preservation eliminates or delays spending $5-10 in reconstruction.
Preventative maintenance on a street in good condition enhances the overall network rating. Waiting to address roads until they are completely deteriorated is more costly, and takes investment away from roads whose life could be extended with preventative maintenance.


The 10-Year Plan
The 10-year management plan outlines treatment methods, breaks down the percentage of local and arterial roads slated for repair, and outlines the streets currently included in the plan. 

The city collects fresh pavement data on all city streets every two years, and updates the plan based on changing infrastructure needs. 

While the program provides approximately $18 million each year, we will still have unmet needs at the end of the 10-year program. It is our goal to prioritize our projects using as much data as we can, in order to make the most overall impact to the condition of our roadways.

Download the Capital Improvement Plan

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

Stay Informed

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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