Federal grant approved for Inner Loop Reconstruction Project
Posted at: 08/30/2013 1:52 PM | Updated at: 08/30/2013 3:14 PM
The Department of Transportation has approved federal funding for the city's Inner Loop Reconstruction Project.
The $17.7 million grant will be used to fill in the Inner Loop between East Main Street and Monroe Avenue and build new business, retail and residential space. The grant is the third largest Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant in the nation.
The Inner Loop project will cost $24 million. The city of Rochester will provide the remaining $5.9 million for the project.
This was the city's second attempt at trying to receive federal funds for the project. In 2011, a $15 million grant application was dismissed on a technicality.
Representative Louise Slaughter statement:
"We've been fighting for a long time to get the east end of the Inner Loop filled in and I'm proud to announce that now we've got the federal funding to do it. This TIGER grant - the third largest in the nation - will greatly improve the quality of life for so many of Rochester's residents by connecting neighborhoods that have been separated for so long and restoring the wholeness and continuity of the city. I look forward to breaking ground on this project in the near future."