Colorado Has $1.6b Road Wish List

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Denver (AP) Colorado has developed a list of $1.6 billion worth of highway projects to potentially be funded with the expected Federal Stimulus Package.

Some of the projects in the lineup include $50 million for a full reconstruction of a stretch of U.S. Highway 36 in Boulder County. An $8 million resurfacing project for a stretch of interstate 70 is also included.

The state’s 11 appointed transportation commissioners are expected to approve a final list as early as next week. The draft document also has a separate $268 million wish list for transit projects. Tops on that list is $18.6 million for work at Denver’s historic union station, which the city has been working to turn into a transportation hub.

Not all the projects are likely to be funded since Colorado is only expected to get about $425 million for highway projects and another $100 million for transit. But officials wanted to have more projects lined up in case any fall through. They also want to be ready in case some states can’t spend their money in time and have to return it, setting up a second round of funding.

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