Udall Secures $16 Million For Transportation Projects In Colorado
(Westminster, CO) -Congressman Mark Udall (D-CO) today announced that the federal transportation spending bill that the House will vote on this week will include $16 million for projects in Colorado's Second Congressional District. H.R. 3, Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (TEA-LU) is a blueprint for federal transportation funding for the next 4 years.
"The amount in the bill will not cover all of our needs in the Second District, and I'm disappointed that there isn't more, but we'll take it. In a time of record budget deficits, we have to do more with less. So, I am pleased that the Transportation Committee has acknowledged 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.
Udall's share of transportation funding includes:
· $5 million for U.S. 36 road improvements, safety enhancements, commuter rail, and HOV and Bus Rapid Transit lanes and bikeway improvements;
· $4 million for Interstate 70 to address capacity needs and improve safety from C-470 west to Glenwood Canyon, with a focus on environmental studies;
· $2 million for the U.S. 36/Wadsworth Interchange reconstruction in Broomfield;
· $1 million for the U.S. 36/McCaslin Blvd. Interchange reconstruction;
· $4 million to improve and widen State Highway 44 from Colorado Boulevard to State Highway 2.
· Authorized funding for Bus Rapid Transit projects for U.S. 36 and Roaring Fork Valley.
H.R. 3 provides $284 billion through 2009 and provides $225.5 billion for highways and $52.3 billion for mass transit. Congress has delayed action on the bill for over a year because of disagreements over funding levels in separate House and Senate bills.
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."