MODES

Grant Criteria

Primary Selection Criteria

Economic Competitiveness

Current manufacturing companies in the area deliver goods to 160 plus countries. Additional economic development potential with better access to developable land for both City and County. Smooth movement of freight will benefit. Currently truck traffic slows down as they traverse through urban neighborhood.

Safety

State of Good Repair

Crash rates for City of Oskaloosa is 20% higher than Statewide average for Urban Areas. Safer access for students of William Penn University and Middle and High School students.

Existing highways built in 1960s, approaching end of useful life. 

Environmental Sustainability

Quality of Life

Cleaner air from reduced emissions. Planning study will consider environmental and historical impacts to the community.

Reduced vehicle miles traveled will result in cleaner air. Improved response times to emergency vehicles. Reduction of heavy vehicles through the heart of town will improve multi-modal traffic, increase safety, and promote the vision set within the central business district downtown.

Secondary Selection Criteria

Innovation

Broadband access to rural areas. 

Partnerships

City and County are joint applicants.  Mahaska Chamber and Development Group and Iowa DOT are partners and supporting the study.  

Environmental Risk

These will be addressed as part of the PEL/EA Scope of Services under the BUILD Grant.

Benefit Cost Analysis

These will be addressed as part of the PEL/EA Scope of Services under the BUILD Grant.

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