DENVER (KKCO) Governor John Hickenlooper is asking congress to raise the cap for federal assistance to help fix the state's highways.
He sent a letter to congress this week requesting that Colorado get access to more than just the $100 million dollars allowed under federal law.
He cited that states impacted by Hurricane Sandy on the east coast were able to receive up to $500 million dollars in federal money to rebuild their highways and bridges.
The Governor is asking congress to give Colorado $500 million as well, because of the extensive repairs needed to the state's highways and bridges.
The Governor says early estimates suggest the damage will cost several hundred million dollars to repair.
The damage spans across 17 counties and almost 2000 square miles.