Tampa, FL June 19, 2012 - "I am ecstatic that the City of Tampa has been awarded a $10.9 million federal TIGER grant. For 20 years, the Riverwalk has been a dream that many mayors have worked hard to bring to fruition. This grant will allow us to complete the Riverwalk beginning at Channelside area all the way to Water Works Park, providing 2.4 miles of continuous Riverwalk. The Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority has been a tremendous partner in this endeavor.
"This grant is a game-changer for downtown Tampa and the Tampa Riverwalk, which is a key element in the effort to revitalize our downtown urban core. Equally important, these two projects are expected to create more than 200 construction jobs.
"I want to thank President Obama and Secretary LaHood as well as the entire Florida Congressional delegation, especially Senator Bill Nelson, Congresswoman Kathy Castor and Congressman Bill Young who helped fight for us in Washington."
The TIGER Grant will allow the City of Tampa to construct the Kennedy Boulevard Plaza segment as well as to design and build the Doyle Carlton segment, which runs from the Straz Center north to Water Works Park. (Please note: A full breakdown of the costs for both segments is available on page 10 of the grant application.)
The complete Tiger Grant application and Tampa Riverwalk renderings are available online at www.tampagov.net/pao.
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