Colorado Governor Bill Ritter has submitted a proposed list of 18 highway projects for federal stimulus funding. Designated as "shovel ready," these projects were submitted in a letter Monday to U. S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. They were taken from a much longer list of projects approved February 20 by the Colorado Transportation Commission.
The stimulus, which is designed to get projects underway quickly, requires that states commit up to 50 percent of their share of the funding for transportation projects within 120 days and the rest within a year.
Colorado expects to get about $500 million for transportation projects statewide from the stimulus funding and another $317 million in federal highway funding.
The 18 transportation projects contained in the letter submitted to Transportation Secretary LaHood carry a price tag of $303.7 million.
"We’re working quickly to do what the people of Colorado want us to do with these recovery dollars: create jobs, strengthen our economy and rebuild our infrastructure," Ritter said in a statement Tuesday. "These projects will get shovels in the ground as soon as possible while also increasing safety, benefiting local communities and improving traffic flow.
The projects submitted Monday include:
- I-70 Mountain Corridor: DIA to Eagle County Airport, truck parking management, $1.9 million.
- U.S. 160: Shaw Creek to Del Norte, resurfacing, $2.1 million.
- I-70, Colorado 82, U.S. 6 Exit, safety improvements at Glenwood Springs interchange, $2.5 million.
- U.S. 160: Florida River, relocation of intersection and other improvements, $4 million.
- Colorado 62: Dallas Divide, resurfacing, $4 million.
- U.S. 160: Alamosa East, resurfacing, $4.5 million.
- U.S. 24/285: Johnson Village North, resurfacing, $5.7 million.
- Colorado 14: Hatchery to Cameron Pass, resurfacing, $6.4 million.
- U.S. 285: Saguache County, resurfacing, $6.7 million.
- I-25 through Trinidad, various improvements, $7.8 million.
- I-70: Vail Pass to Silverthorne, resurfacing, $8 million.
- I-70 Mountain Corridor: DIA to Eagle County Airport, truck parking management, $11 million.
- Colorado 92: Austin to Hotchkiss corridor, repairs, $11.9 million.
- Colorado 9: Breckenridge North, widening, $12 million.
- U.S. 40/287: Ports to Plains Corridor, reconstruction, $12 million.
- Colorado 13: Rio Blanco Hill, reconstruction, $13 million.
- I-76: Sedgwick to Nebraska line, reconstruction, $15 million.
- U.S. 287: Campo to Hugo, reconstruction, $16 million.