Udall Secures $5.2 Million For Transportation Projects In Colorado
(Washington, DC) - Colorado Congressman Mark Udall (D-Eldorado Springs) has secured $5.2 million in federal funding for transportation projects in Colorado's Second Congressional District. The funding was included in the Transportation, Treasury, Housing and Urban Development spending bill for 2007, which the U.S. House of Representatives approved today.
"The amount in the bill will not cover all of our needs in the Second District, but in a time of record budget deficits, we have to do more with less. But this funding will go a long way to help us meet the transportation challenges we face in Colorado as a result of years of growth and decades of inattention to needed upgrades and improvements," said Udall.
The following projects were included in the bill:
· $500,000 for the U.S. 36/Wadsworth Interchange reconstruction in Broomfield;
· $500,000 for I-70 West at Empire Junction in Clear Creek County;
· $4.2 million to replace the Jefferson County Airport Air Traffic Control Tower
Udall also worked with the Colorado congressional delegation to secure $2 million for the Colorado Transit Coalition for Statewide Bus and Bus Facilities, $80 million for the Southeast Corridor Light Rail, and $35 million for the West Corridor Light Rail.
In addition, Udall won $100,000 in the HUD Community Development Fund for the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Grand County.
Udall concluded, "This funding is critical to Colorado's economy. It will create jobs and address challenges that our state faces as a result of a decade of growth in the northwest Denver suburbs and mountain and resort communities. I will continue to work with the Colorado delegation and the Transportation Committee to secure federal funding to get people and goods from one place to another with a focus on transit and other alternatives and improve current modes of Colorado's transportation network."