November 16, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Nearly $12 Million to Help Make Dixon More Accessible For All


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced the City of Dixon will receive a $11,911,769 federal grant for the city’s Project ROCK (Revitalizing Opportunities for the Community and Kids!), which will help fund the construction of approximately 2.8 miles of ADA-compliant multi-use path, the construction of a pedestrian bridge over the Rock River using abandoned Illinois Central Railroad piers as well as the resurfacing of nearly a mile of Page Drive in Page Park. This project is the fourth and final phase of the City of Dixon Riverfront Master Plan.

“Everyone should be able to access public spaces in this country, and this infusion of federal funding will go a long way towards finally making Dixon and its riverfront ADA-complaint so more residents can fully enjoy their community while supporting good-paying jobs right here in our state,” Duckworth said. “I’ll keep working with Senator Durbin to make sure Dixon and communities all across Illinois receive the federal support they need and deserve.”

“This federal funding will create a safer and more accessible experience for Dixon residents and visitors,” Durbin said. “Senator Duckworth and I are proud to support this improvement project, and will continue advocating for strong investments in Illinois’ infrastructure improvement projects.”

“We are so excited and grateful for this award,” Dixon City Manager Danny Langloss said. “The RAISE grant will allow us to complete the 4th and final phase of the City of Dixon Riverfront Masterplan. This is truly transformational for our community.”

Yesterday, President Biden signed the historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal into law with several provisions that will help improve the lives of working Americans by reducing traffic congestion, encouraging the creation of good-paying local jobs across the nation, protecting roadside responders and improving transit accessibility, among many other benefits for workers. Today’s federal grant award comes through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grant program, which invests in state, local, multi-modal and multi-jurisdictional road, rail, transit and port projects that economically empower communities, update infrastructure and create good jobs.