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CDOT has been awarded $100 million from the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America INFRA competitive grant program.
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The grant was received on Sept. 9. In May, U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper wrote to the U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg in support of CDOT’s grant proposal. Buttigieg visited Floyd Hill in February.
“Using funding from President Biden's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, we are able to support more excellent community-led projects this year than ever before," said Buttigieg in a statement released on Sept. 15.
The award will help improve approximately 8 miles of the I-70 Mountain Corridor, from west of Evergreen to eastern Idaho Springs.
The project plans to add a third westbound travel lane, construct a frontage road connection, add a new ramp from US 6 to eastbound I-70, and improve design speed and sight distance on horizontal curves.
Improvements will be made to the Clear Creek Greenway multimodal trail and environmental mitigation efforts. The project includes installing wildlife crossings and fencing and restoring nearby creek and wetland areas.
The project also plans to install electric vehicle infrastructure and shuttle parking to encourage transit options, an idea that has been underway in Clear Creek County already.
The project has been highly anticipated in Clear Creek County. County Commissioner George Marlin looks forward to its progress.
“I’m grateful to Congressman Neguse, Senators Bennet and Hickenlooper and President Biden for making this investment possible. I look forward to the day when the residents of Floyd Hill are not placed in the middle of a traffic jam every weekend and people can rely on a safer and better drive into Clear Creek County,” Marlin said.
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